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Welcome to the
Second Annual Edition
of Best of Singapore
The Best of Singapore is part of a series of
books published globally across various
territories from South Africa to Dubai to
Bangalore to Australia, each showcasing the
very best in leisure, lifestyle, entertainment
and business that the country or city has to
This edition proﬁles the leading brands
across Singapore’s most vibrant industries.
From Singapore’s ﬁnest accommodation
choices to the city’s best Spas and leading
Education Institutes, we have together 18
unique chapters in striking photography truly
bringing out the “Best of Singapore”.
We also proﬁle Singapore’s ﬁnest
achievements over the past one year
including the inaugural SingTel F1 Grand
Prix Night Race. For the ﬁrst time we have
included a Weekend Getaways chapter
to destinations near Singapore and also
expanded our popular Sentosa chapter - your
one stop guide to Singapore’s favorite island.
Lastly, our Future Developments chapter
looks ahead to the eagerly awaited Integrated
Resorts and other developments coming up.
We would like to thank all our partners
especially STB and Sentosa Leisure Group,
our distributors and all those who contributed
to the success of this edition. Your feedback
is always appreciated and we look forward
to bringing to you future editions of Best of
Singapore every year.
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Its target market covers large, medium
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GVP explores every geographic region
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GVP publications promote, showcase and
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DESIGN & INTERIORS
SPAS & BEAUTY
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Every National Day, this City-State comes alive to celebrate its amazing
achievements and looks brightly towards its future.
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With its rich history of immigration, talents from
all over the world have contributed in developing
Singapore into the vibrant and cosmopolitan
city of today – a hub for commerce, creativity,
culture, education, ﬁnance, healthcare, information
technology, transportation and research and
Just as the world turns, the eyes of
the world have been turning east in
recent years. The rise of China as a
global superpower and economic
giant have diverted attention from
traditional Western markets and made
Asia the most important place on the
Perfectly situated to beneﬁt from
this both in geography and ideology
is Singapore – a small nation with
large ambitions and a track record of
A nation of just over 4 million,
Singapore has a global reputation
and presence that belies its size.
Everywhere you look there are
accolades and achievements, world-
ﬁrsts and pioneering technology.
Sitting at the gateway of east and
West, and ﬂanked by huge markets
in India and China, the Singapore
success story shows no signs of
Whether in Singapore for a
well-earned family holiday or on a
business stopover, the Lion City will
impress you from the moment you
arrive at its world-famous airport.
Changi Airport has won more than
250 awards in its 26-year history,
perhaps the most prestigious one
coming in 2006 when it was voted the
World’s Best airport by Skytrax. Your
ﬁrst experience of service standards
in Singapore, arriving by air, is
guaranteed to be a memorable one.
It’s no wonder so many expatriates
decide to make the island their home.
People are a resource that has
been key to Singapore’s success.
Today, Singapore continues to
welcome immigrants to work, study
or set up home in the garden city. As
Singapore’s forefathers were largely
immigrants from all over the
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This page: Trishaw rides are a relaxing way to see the
various sights of Singapore.
Opposite page: National Day brings families together
and unites all in the vibrant colours of Singapore.
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World, Singapore is a mix of cultures
and religions woven together by a
common respect and understanding.
Singapore is a modern and
cosmopolitan city, with a reputation
for having a stable and responsive
government, safe and secure
environment, and an efﬁcient
infrastructure to attract foreigners to
study, work and live here.
Permanent residency in
Singapore is attractive with the
country’s high employment rate,
ﬁnancial and political stability, mature
infrastructure, high quality of life
and a genuine sense of safety and
security that is the envy of the world.
With its rich history of immigration,
talents from all over the world have
contributed in developing Singapore
into the vibrant and cosmopolitan
city of today – a hub for commerce,
creativity, culture, education, ﬁnance,
healthcare, information technology,
transportation and research and
Singapore welcomes foreigners
who can identify with its way of life
and wish to contribute positively
to its development. Many of these
foreigners decide to take up
Permanent Residence and eventually
Singaporean Citizenship. Permanent
Residents enjoy better privileges
than foreigners ranging from
dedicated immigration facilities
to subsidized education and
Located at one of the
crossroads of the world,
Singapore’s strategic position and
passionate people have helped it
grow into a major centre for trade,
communications and tourism.
Think Singapore has solely been a
runaway success due to its location
and luck? Think again. It has taken
hard work and investment for the
small state to become the envy of
the world and a consistent winner
of international awards, for both
leisure and business.
The earliest mention of
Singapore dates back to the 3rd
Century and a Chinese account
which described Singapore as “Pu-
luo-chung” (“island at the end of a
peninsula”), but it was not until the
11th Century that the island gained
its now famous moniker. According
to legend, a visiting prince spotted
an animal he thought was a lion
and Singapore’s modern day name
Singapore is a modern and
cosmopolitan city, with a
reputation for having a stable
and responsive government,
safe and secure environment,
and an efﬁcient infrastructure
to attract foreigners to study,
work and live here.
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Opposite page: Founder of Modern Singapore, the Statue of
Sir Stamford Rafﬂes.
This page: Fresh ﬂowers being sold at one of many open air
markets near a Chinese temple.
“Singa Pura” (“Lion City”) was born.
Before the British arrived in the 18th
Century, Singapore had already
become a small town, welcoming
traders from China, India, Arabia and
Europe on their long sea voyages. The
British saw the need for a strategic
port to repair and maintain their ﬂeet,
during its journeys to the far corners
of the then mighty British Empire.
So it was that Sir Stamford Rafﬂes
established Singapore as a trading
station. The policy of free trade
attracted merchants from as far aﬁeld
as the Americas.
By 1824, just ﬁve years after the
founding of modern Singapore, the
population had boomed from 150 to
10,000. The trade between east and
West escalated and advancements
in technology, such as steamships
and the telegraph, and the opening
of the Suez Canal in 1869, increased
Singapore’s importance as a centre for
After the Second World War,
Singapore became a Crown Colony.
The growth of nationalism led to
self-government in 1959 and on 9
August 1965, Singapore became an
independent republic. In those 43
years, Singapore has not looked
back and has grown into one of
the world’s great city states.
Singapore is the busiest
port in the world with over 600
shipping lines. One of the world’s
major oil reﬁning and distribution
centres, Singapore is a major
supplier of electronic components
and a leader in shipbuilding and
repairing. It has also become one
of the most important ﬁnancial
centres of Asia, with more than
130 banks. Singapore’s strategic
location, excellent facilities,
fascinating cultural contrasts and
tourist attractions contribute to its
success as a leading destination
for both business and pleasure.
Permanent Residency in Singapore is attractive
with country’s high employment rate, ﬁnancial
and political stability, mature infrastructure, high
quality of life and genuine sense of safety and
security that is the envy of the world.
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This page: National Day Parade Celebrations
are held each year on the 9th of August to
commemorate Singapore’s independence.
Opposite page: LASALLE College of the Arts
A conducive environment for artists, curators,
researchers, intellectuals, students and
members of the public to exchange ideas
about art and design.
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BEST FOR LEISURE
It’s fair to say that Singapore has
built its success on business, but
it has also used those foundations
to develop another key industry –
The Singapore Tourism Board
(STB) is a statutory board operating
under the Ministry of Trade and
Industry (MTI) that focuses on
developing and implementing
policies, strategies and plans to
transform the tourism sector into a key
driver of economic growth.
The STB was established in 1964
to promote Singapore as a tourist
destination. Then known as the
Singapore Tourist Promotion Board
(STPB), its mandate was to coordinate
the efforts of hotels, airlines and
travel agents in promoting the overall
image of the destination. Through
the 1960s and 1970s, the STPB
actively encouraged investments in
infrastructure such as the building
of hotels and tourist attractions like the
Jurong Bird Park and the resort island of
The STPB was re-named the
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1997,
to reﬂect the Board’s expanding role
beyond that of simply tourist promotion.
From attracting 91,000 visitors in 1964,
the Board today attracts more than
10 million visitors annually. In 2007, a
record number of 10.3 million visitors
landed, an increase of 5.4% over 2006.
In pursuing its mission to develop
and champion tourism, the STB adopts
a comprehensive and holistic approach.
To ensure that the tourism industry
continues to be a key contributor to the
economy, the STB unveiled the tourism
2015 Master plan, in which targets were
set to achieve S$30 billion in tourism
receipts and 17 million in visitor arrivals.
“We see no need to adjust our
strategy under the tourism 2015 plan
at the moment,” says STB. “Our current
focus is still giving us good growth from
key markets and from key segments.”
Singapore is a mix of cultures and religions that is woven together by a
common respect and understanding.
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This page: Singapore is a mix of cultures
from Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians
and people of other descent.
Opposite page: One of the eagerly
anticipated highlights of the National Day
Parade are the parachuters who make a
spectacular entrance to the show.
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BEST FOR BUSINESS
The Republic of Singapore is one
of the world’s great economic
successes. A tiny, multiracial island
state, Singapore offers its disciplined
and hard-working citizens a standard
of living unmatched in Asia. Though
predominantly Chinese, English is the
language of Singapore -the language
of international business inherited
from its Colonial past.
Singapore is right here, right now,
at the very epicentre of world growth.
As the economy of the world shifts
from West to East with the opening up
of China and India, in particular, and
countries like Vietnam, Thailand and
Malaysia working towards First World
status, Asia will become the centre
of the economic boom. And when
you consider that Asia’s population
is over three billion people – that’s
half the world’s population – and that
the population will rise to 5.6 billion
in 2050, the understanding of how
signiﬁcant Asia will be in the future,
With one of the most stable
political regimes in Asia, a reputation
for being honest, efﬁcient and free
of corruption and a government
that offers numerous free trade
agreements, it is no wonder that
Singapore is, and will become even
more, the strategic gateway to Asia.
And as more and more international
companies from the Americas and
Europe wish to do trade with China
and India, Singapore will be there to
help and to offer itself as the premium
hub for international organisations and
associations to set up headquarters as
well as invest in and the ideal place to
live, meet and do business.
Singapore is at the very epicentre of world
growth. Asia’s population is over three billion
people – that’s half the world’s population –
and that will rise to 5.6 billion in 2050.
The understanding of how signiﬁcant Asia will
be in the future is clear.
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This page: Bumboats ply visitors around
favourite sights along the Singapore River
including Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, The
Singapore Merlion and Riverside Point.
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Strong infrastructure and a highly skilled workforce, together with a perfect
location on the cross roads between East and West has ensured that Singapore
is the amongst the worlds leading choices for doing business.
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Singapore has one of the world’s most
developed economies with 7,000
resident multinational companies and
100,000 enterprises, creating a vibrant
According to the latest ﬁgures from
the Ministry of Trade and Industry,
the Singapore economy is expected
to grow by 4-5% in 2008. For the ﬁrst
half of 2008, real GDP grew by 4.5%
-bucking the trend towards a global
economic downturn and conﬁrming
the strength of Singapore.
In particular, the services sector
continued to grow, while ﬁnancial and
business services continued to register
strong growth. Construction sector
also remained strong.
Singapore remains the world’s
second-freest economy, behind Hong
Kong, according to the latest index
of Economic Freedom, released
by US think tank, the Heritage
Foundation. The gap behind Hong
Kong has also narrowed this year,
with Singapore increasing its score.
The higher the score, the lower the
level of government interference in the
economy. In 2007, Singapore scored
87.4 out of 100.
For the second year in a row,
Singapore has come top in the
World Bank’s Doing Business
report. Singapore ﬁnished ahead
of New Zealand and the United
States when it comes to the ease
of doing business in a report that
covered 178 countries.
Besides having a safe
environment that is conducive
for individuals and families to
make Singapore their best home,
Singapore is also renowned for the
ease of doing business. Amongst
the world’s globalised nations,
the workforce is recognised for
its high level of productivity and
positive, can-do attitude.
As economic freedom is linked
Singapore is renowned for the ease of doing
business. Amongst the world’s globalised
nations, the workforce is recognised for its
high level of productivity and positive
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This page: Biomedical Research has been
one of the fastest growing areas and a key
focus for Singapore’s economic development.
Opposite page: The Marina Bay Financial
Centre - Singapore has found innovative
solutions such as reclaiming its land to ﬁnd
space for its growing economy.
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with economic growth and prosperity,
this ranking and recent growth means
that Singapore is, in 2008, in a very
The Singapore government
encourages companies, investors
and start-ups, with no restrictions on
foreign ownership of Singaporean
assets; tax incentives to attract
foreign multinationals (especially
those offering to impart knowledge
and technology); and no exchange
controls. The government and
numerous trade associations
proactively encourage Singaporeans
to set up their own businesses,
ventures and entrepreneurial projects.
While the Association of Small &
Medium Enterprise helps to elevate
the proﬁles of SMEs in Singapore and
motivates entrepreneurs, International
Enterprise (IE) Singapore provides
Singapore-based companies with
As for regional industry, Singapore
boasts machinery, mineral fuels,
chemicals, agricultural products,
foodstuffs, and crude materials
among its principal exports – sending
them as close as Malaysia, Hong
Kong and China and as far as the
US. Ship-building, shipping
and marine-related sectors are
also a huge part of Singapore’s
economy and they have recently
experienced a boom as orders for
oil rigs, tankers and specialised
vessels surge on the back of rising
global demand for energy.
New shipbuilding and
conversion activities are also
taking place in the region, driven
by increasing inter-regional trade
as Asia’s economies continue
to strengthen. This, in turn, has
led to a growth in the regional
steel industry too -another huge
Singaporean industry. Thanks to
high oil prices, the oil, gas and
petrochemical industries have
boomed and with China’s need
for energy seemingly insatiable,
Singapore is in the perfect position
to supply new oil and gas reserves.
Masses of foreign multinationals
already use Singapore as their
regional headquarters for Asia and
remarkably, they now account for
75% of Singapore’s manufactured
Coming to Singapore will be
easy and ideal then for many
Favourable tax system as
compared to many other
global cities and residents
appreciate that those
taxes contribute directly
to bettering the lives of its
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Opposite page: Biopolis
This campus is dedicated to providing
space for biomedical research and
development activities and promoting
peer review and collaboration among
the private and public scientiﬁc
This page: Singapore can boast of a highly
efﬁcient public transportation network which is
amongst the world’s best. The Expo MRT as seen
above is near the Singapore Expo which regularly
holds some of the regions biggest exhibitions and
draws in delegates from around the world.
internationals who wish to use the
Republic as a springboard into the
regional and global markets.
Favourable tax system as
compared to many other global cities
and residents appreciate that those
taxes contribute directly to bettering
the lives of its people
Add to this Singapore’s global
network of air links, shipping lines and
freight forwarders that make it a highly
efﬁcient logistic hub and you can see
why Singapore is the smart choice for
Singapore is the leading centre in
Asia for major trade fairs, conferences
and conventions and has won any
number of accolades for its facilities.
In September 2006, Singapore
proudly and successfully hosted the
annual meeting of the World Bank and
International Monetary Fund.
By further offering numerous
incentive schemes and joint
promotional support to overseas
exhibition organisers and great
Intellectual Property (IP) protection
(Singapore is ranked number one in
Asia), the Singapore government is
making sure that Singapore becomes
the premier location for international
trade exhibitions. The International
Exhibition City (IEC) programme,
with endorsement from the Approved
International Fair (AIF), has been set
up to help make this happen.
Singapore’s spotlights for the
coming years are on using Singapore
as an international conference arena,
meeting demands with excellent
infrastructure and networking,
superb facilities and world-class
While the Singapore economy
is doing well, the government is
certainly not resting on its laurels but
instead is seeking to fund Research
and Development (R&D) initiatives
that would reap economic beneﬁts
for the country, in particular two new
– Environmental and Water
technologies, and interactive and
Digital Media (sectors that Singapore
believes it has a competitive market
in) – have been targeted for the next
When it comes to business,
Singapore is leading the way.
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From food festivals to shopping sprees and unique attractions, Singapore is a
vibrant business and holiday destination and has something to satisfy everyone.
Key attractions in Singapore which continue to be
popular among visitors comprise the Night Safari,
the Singapore Zoo, the Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa
Island and its Underwater World, Asian Civilisations
Museum, and the National Museum of Singapore.
Singapore continues its evolution into
a compelling, must-visit destination
with mega developments such as
the Integrated Resorts (IRs) in the
works, and world-class events like the
world’s ﬁrst Formula One
held on 28 September 2008.
Singapore also has a calendar of
regular events to draw in millions of
tourists every year. These include
the Singapore Airshow, the Great
Singapore Sale, the Singapore Arts
Festival, the Singapore Food Festival,
the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival,
the Singapore Garden Festival and
the Standard Chartered Singapore
Marathon, among others. This nation
is also the region’s preferred business
destination, with about 5,000
Meetings, Incentives, Conferences
and Exhibitions (MICE) held here
Singapore has enjoyed four
successive years of record growth
in Visitor Arrivals (VA) and Tourism
Receipts (TR) since 2004, with
continuous growth each month for 46
months since March 2004. Latest full-
year’s (January to December) results
released for 2007 showed that the
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) had
10.3 million visitor arrivals registering
a growth of 5.4 per cent over 2006,
and posted an estimated S$13.8
billion in tourism receipts. Further, in
line with its Tourism 2015 vision, STB
hopes to attract 17 million visitors
and targets S$30 billion in tourism
Singapore’s top ﬁve-visitor
generating markets for 2007, with
arrival ﬁgures, were Indonesia
(1,956,000), PR China (1,114000),
Australia (768,000), India (749,000)
and Malaysia (646,000). These
countries accounted for about 51 per
cent of total visitor arrivals.
Beneﬁting from these impressive
arrival ﬁgures, the hotel industry saw
both the Average Room Rate (ARR)
and the Average Occupancy Rate
(AOR) setting new highs. The ARR
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This page: Dragon Boat races are a
common sight and the participants are
often seen training near the Kallang River.
Opposite page, above: Clarke Quay
facade at night featuring ﬁve blocks of
restored warehouses, Clarke Quay offers a
quirky alternative to mainstream attractions,
with second-hand and antique shops and
restaurants with an amazing array of F&B
options. In the evenings, dance clubs and
pubs come alive with music from the 1960s
to the present.
Opposite page, below: National Museum of
Singapore at night.
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for 2007 was S$202, an increase of 23.1
per cent year-on-year, while the AOR was
estimated to have reached 87 per cent.
In January 2005, STB identiﬁed three key
areas of focus under its Tourism 2015 plan:
(a) Strengthening Singapore’s position
as a leading Convention & Exhibition City
in Asia with a strong and dynamic business
(b) Developing Singapore as a leading
Asian leisure destination by providing
an enriching experience that is Uniquely
(c) Establishing Singapore as the
Services Centre of Asia – a place where
visitors come to enjoy high-end quality
services such as healthcare and education.
To achieve the 2015 targets, STB has
focused its efforts on achieving leadership
positions in key customer segments,
including Leisure, BTMICE (Business Travel,
Meetings, Incentive travel, Conventions and
Exhibitions) and Services (Education and
Key attractions in Singapore which
continue to be popular among visitors
comprise the Night Safari, the Singapore
Zoo, the Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa
Island and its Underwater World, Asian
Civilisations Museum, and the National
Museum of Singapore. Besides these there
are many smaller yet consequential niche
museums like the Chinatown Heritage
Centre, Malay Heritage Centre, Changi
Chapel and Museum and Mint Museum of
Other must-visit attractions include
Singapore’s ethnic districts of Chinatown,
Little India, Kampong Glam, and the Katong
/ Joo Chiat area. These are where you can
participate in festive light-ups and religious
and cultural festivals such as the Chinese
New Year, Hari Raya, Thaipusam, Singapore
River Hang Bao, Chingay, the Fire-walking
ceremony, and Deepavali among others.
These are charming precincts in their own
right and give visitors a fairly good idea of
the nation’s rich history, how the various
ethnic groups have coexisted and how they
worked together to create the Singapore of
In March 2008, another addition to the
range of new attractions was the Singapore
Flyer, a giant observation wheel with 28
capsules, each capable of holding up to 28
people. Also for history and culture buffs,
the ﬁrst-of-its kind Peranakan Museum
opened its doors.
By 2010 Singapore will have two
Integrated Resorts (IRs) developed in
its tourism landscape – The Marina Bay
Sands™ and the Resorts World at Sentosa.
There are also plans to develop the
natural reserves of Mandai into a unique
nature destination embracing the precinct’s
rich biodiversity and natural attributes. Other
upcoming attractions include the Gardens
by the Bay and the National Art Gallery,
each of which will add depth to the island-
nation’s product offerings.
A visit to Singapore isn’t complete
without the experience of the sun and sandy
beaches and trips to soak in the rustic
charm of Kusu Island, Pulau Ubin and St.
Singapore’s culinary options are
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Opposite page: One of the island’s latest
attractions, the Singapore Flyer is the world’s
largest observation wheel. Standing at a stunning
165m from the ground, the Flyer offers you
breathtaking, panoramic views of the Marina
Bay, the island city – and beyond.
This page: Little India is a kaleidoscope of vibrant
lights during Deepavali celebrations, as seen
on Serangoon Road.
legendary and besides its range of hawker
centres, food courts, restaurants and dining
hubs, there are two annual events which
attract food enthusiasts in large numbers.
One is the month-long Singapore Food
Festival (SFF) – a Uniquely Singapore
event – featuring an exciting line-up of
weekly core events, culinary workshops and
competitions, and multicultural cuisines.
The World Gourmet Summit (WGS)
appeals to discerning individuals who
appreciate ﬁne wine and cuisines.
This epicurean festival showcases the
craftsmanship of prestigious chefs from
around the world and is complemented
by an exposition of the internationally
In recent years, the dining and
entertainment scene has also seen
new concepts and establishments that
bring novel experiences to visitors while
enlivening one’s senses with the varied
ﬂavours, textures, colours and aromas of
Singapore. Dining options around the island
have expanded to include lifestyle enclaves
such as Dempsey Road / Harding Road and
the Rochester strip which have restaurants,
pubs bars, and boutiques and antique
shops housed in buildings which were
originally army barracks, black-and-white
bungalows and chapels.
For nightlife, iconic world-class
home-grown products that enjoy strong
international appeal are those dotting Clarke
Quay and Dempsey Hill, and the famed
Zouk Club with its popular ZoukOut annual
dance party on Sentosa’s Siloso Beach.
These have placed Singapore on the global
party map and injected much buzz to the
city’s leisure options after dark. For those
wanting to get an adrenaline high, there is
Singapore’s ﬁrst and only G-Max Reverse
Bungy at Clarke Quay.
Shopping is another activity that ranks
high on the agenda for visitors – namely
along Orchard Road which is studded with
high-end malls. Between 2009 and 2010,
this popular shopping belt will see new
developments – ION Orchard, Somerset
Central and Orchard Central. These will,
in turn, add another 100,000sqm of retail
space and introduce new retail concepts
and international brands that will beneﬁt
shoppers. In other parts of the island,
shoppers can indulge in the offerings at
Marina Square, VivoCity and Central at
Singapore was the ﬁrst Southeast Asian
stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race in
January 2008. Hailed as the FORMULA 1
of the sailing world, and taking place over
a period of 10 months, spanning Europe,
Asia and the Americas, it will again have
millions of viewers worldwide watching
the next stopover in Singapore in January
2009 which will be hosted at OneDegree 15
Marina Club in Sentosa.
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This page: Singapore’s Chinese New Year
celebration is one of the most vibrant in
Asia. The Singapore River Hang Bao, as
one of the major events of this festival,
showcases the best of Chinese culture.
Opposite page, above: One Fullerton offers
an array of restaurants, lounges and pubs.
Opposite page, below: Fine dining and
lounging at One Rochester.
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SINGTEL SINGAPORE F1 GP – FIRST
EVER NIGHT RACE
September 2008 saw Singapore hosting
the highly-successful inaugural FORMULA
1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, the ﬁrst
night race in the F1 calendar and Asia’s
ﬁrst street circuit.
There were some ‘ﬁrsts’ notched – and
milestones created – in Singapore during
the recently concluded 2008 FORMULA
1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.
To begin with, the ﬁrst night race in
F1’s World Championship history had an
unexpected winner when Fernando Alonso,
ranked seventh in the Driver’s standing with
28 Points, proved his mettle by piping his
challengers to the ﬁnishing post. Alonso
had virtually stood no chance after the
And behind the success of this event
was the important role Singapore Tourism
Board (STB) played in coordinating,
planning and executing the show with the
trademark attributed to this body. Many
parties contributed to Singapore’s success
in securing the rights to host a Formula
One™ Grand Prix. It was a result of a
multi-agency effort and close collaboration
among various government agencies,
including the Ministry of Trade and Industry,
the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Land
Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore Police
Force (SPF), Singapore Civil Defence Force
(SCDF), National Parks (NParks), Singapore
Sports Council (SSC), People’s Association
(PA) and many others.
Working with the various government
agencies, the Singapore Tourism Board
(STB) coordinated various areas of the race
preparation, such as the construction of the
Pit Building, re-surfacing of roads for the
race track, installation of the lighting system
and managing the business continuity
needs of stakeholders in the Marina
Centre area. STB was also responsible
for ensuring a positive and enriching total
visitor experience for the overseas visitors
coming to Singapore for the race, and
increasing tourism spend in Singapore
during the race period.
In the swing of things, soon it was party
time on the fringes in Singapore. On the top
of the list was the Charity Luncheon held
on the lawns of the Presidential Palace,
Istana, which besides President SR Nathan
had high net worth individuals such as F1’s
Bernie Ecclestone, HPL’s Ong Beng Seng
and Esplanade’s CEO Benson Puah and
all the F1 drivers present. The luncheon
was open to the public with 18 tables at
S$30,000 each and 12 tables at S$50,000
per table which were picked up by the
movers and shakers of the corporate world.
The smart casual event was a departure
from the normal black tie dinners usually
hosted on Day One of the F1 races.
Luxury brand Chopard premiered its L.U.C
Tourbillon Tech Twist watch tagged at
more than S$200,000 which was auctioned
among other items to raise funds for the
VIPs gracing various occasions and
enjoying the F1 included Minister
This page: Felipe Massa of Ferrari leading the
inaugural Singtel’s Singapore F1 GP.
Opposite page, above: Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Loong of Singapore and F1’s Bernie Ecclestone.
Opposite page, below: The Singapore GP Circuit Map.
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Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister
Goh Chok Tong, Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Loong who gave away the winning trophy,
Cabinet Ministers and the Who’s Who of F1
Spotted among visitors from abroad were
Indian industrialist Vijay Mallya of the UB
Group and Kingﬁsher Airlines who had his
Force India cars participating in the race,
and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty escorted by
London-based tycoon Raj Kundra.
The SP season continued with other
parties dotting the island, including the
ultra-exclusive, luxurious evening at Amber
Lounge set up outside Millenia Tower which
had Mika Hakkinen present. This travelling
venue accompanies F1 to selected races.
Event title sponsors SingTel hosted a
packed evening at White Rabbit housed in
a converted chapel in the Dempsey area.
Mercedes Benz transformed its show room to
host the Stylo evening, while an invitation-only
party was at the waterfront Prive at Keppel
Bay Marina where Renault’s Nelson Piquet
On the ground the preparatory work to
build the infrastructure started a year in
advance. The island-nation living up to its
reputation of efﬁciency created a brand-
new track matching the high speciﬁcations
and expectations of the standards set by
motor racing’s premier category, FORMULA
1™. The result was one of three F1 circuits
worldwide to run in an anti-clockwise
direction, with the 5.067 km track having 61
laps and 23 turns (13 left, 10 right).
The organisers surmounted one of the
greatest challenges of creating a track
through the heart of one of Asia’s most active
and bustling cities without unduly disrupting
or bringing to a halt commercial and private
life and transportation.
The installation of the lights was another
test – to create a day-like scenario during the
night time event. This task was handed over
to Italy’s competent lighting genius Valerio
Maioli. He successful transformed the racing
track from night-time into day – or ‘Day for
Night’: a term borrowed from Hollywood.
The three-storey high, 350-metres long Pit
Building, completed at a cost of S$40 million
in under a year has 36 garages to house the
visiting race teams for this premier – and
annual future F1 races. With overall ﬂoor
space measuring 23,000m2, it will continue
to be home to the Media Centre, to VIP
hospitality areas and the top-of-the-range
Paddock Club with its capacity for 4,000
With the success of ﬁrst ever night race,
the world is looking forward to next year’s
race in Singapore.
Some interesting trivia (Courtesy SingTel
• 180 Corporate Suites accommodated
50 guests each
• 13 Five star hotels prepared meals for
Corporate Suites and Paddock Club™
• 350 Chefs prepared meals for guests
in the Corporate Suites and Paddock
• 15,000 - Estimated bottles of
• 1,700 - Floral arrangements for
Corporate Suites and Paddock Club™
• 650 tonnes - equipment air-freighted
by Formula One™ teams
• 150 tonnes - equipment sea-freighted
by Formula One™ teams
• 1,000 – Marshals on duty
This page: The ﬁrst Singapore GP was showcased
against the city’s dramatic night skyline.
Opposite page, above: Fernando Alonso
celebrates his maiden victory in Singapore.
Opposite page below: The top three winners
address a press conference.
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Singapore is widely regarded as the culinary capital of Asia. Exquisite Cuisine
and a breathtaking ambience of dining by the sea can be enjoyed at The Cliff,
The Sentosa Resort & Spa.
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Opposite page: Fine Dining
Singaporeans are passionate about food and eating.
Indeed, while shopping is often described as a
national pastime, it’s food that is closest to the heart
of most Singaporeans.
One look around will show you why. Everywhere
you turn you are confronted by delicious-smelling
stalls, ﬁne restaurants and neighbourhood cafes and
kopitiams packed with character.
Singapore being a melting pot of nationalities, it’s no
surprise that choice of cuisines also rich and diverse.
Hawker centres are excellent covered food markets
featuring many stalls with communal seating. Here,
you can enjoy some typical Singaporean favourites
for just a couple of dollars. The choice can be
bewildering, so a good rule of thumb is to join the
longest queue for the best food on offer.
Many of the stalls specialise in just one dish, and
may have been cooking just that for decades. It’s also
not unusual to hear Singaporeans debating where to
get the best dishes and to have family outings across
the island to ﬁnd their personal favourites.
At the other end of the scale, there is an increasing
emphasis on international eateries run by renowned
chefs and adhering to the highest standards. And of
course, ﬁve-star hotels in Singapore have paved the
way for global cuisine and continue to offer some of
the best restaurants in the country.
Eric Teo, president of the Singapore Chefs
Association, describes Singapore as a food paradise
where most world cuisines can be found.
“People here love food and they love to try
everything. There are so many types of cuisine
in Singapore, like Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai,
French, Italian, Mediterranean and American,”
says top chef Teo.
“Singapore food is very tasty and ﬂavourful. It
has a sweet, sour and spicy taste. The spices
used in the food are usually coconut milk,
pandan leaf, sambal chilli , lemongrass and dried
shrimps. The main signature dishes are Singapore
Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore Laksa and
Singapore is also a food destination. On
alternate years in April, the World Gourmet
Summit descends on Singapore, with guest chefs
from all over the world invited to cook. Each June,
there is also the annual Singapore Food Festival
organised by Singapore Tourism Board.
Whatever your preference and taste, Singapore
will cater to you.
People here love food and they love to
try everything. There are so many types
of cuisine in Singapore, like Chinese,
Malay, Indian, Thai, French, Italian,
Mediterranean and American.
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Singaporo boing a molting pot oí
nationalitios, it's no surpriso to íind tnat
tno ouisino on oííor is oqually divorso
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Tno Bost A Stoak Can Got
Morton's nas a roputation íor tno íinost stoaks, impoooablo sorvioo and stunning soaíood
Tnis onio Cnioago rostaurant nas íound
a groat spiritual nomo at tno Mandarin
Oriontal in Singaporo. Tno Morton's onain
is known íor maintaining its nign standards
wnorovor it opons, and tnoir outlot noro is no
and tno sorvioo is rominisoont oí tno kind oí
silvor sorvioo tnat is nard to íind nowadays.
Tno staíí at Morton's aro ono oí tno
rostaurant's many strongtns, and Morton's
noods oapablo pooplo to oarry out tnoir
tablosido monu prosontation. A oart is rollod
to your tablo witn all tno moats, soaíood and
a porsonal prosontation and dosoription
tako on tnings, so don't oxpoot to noar tno
samo oxplanation twioo. Tno staíí noro navo
aoniovod a groat balanoo botwoon boing
attontivo witnout boing too ovorboaring.
Tnoy novor soom to bo novoring, but onoo
you nood somotning, tnoy soom to appoar
Oí oourso, tno staíí aro poríootly
oomplimontod by tno íino outs oí moat and
solootion oí soaíood availablo. Morton's
is known íor its stoaks, liko its signaturo
24-ounoo Portornouso, but wnat tnis
oí soaíood disnos. An inoroasingly popular
appotisor is tno Jumbo Lump Crabmoat
Cooktail, but ono snould also try tno Lobstor
Bisquo. Tno Bisquo doparts írom otnors
in its wnolosomo rionnoss. Tno Oystors
On Tno Halí-Snoll aro doligntíully írosn,
and aro sorvod witn a oooktail sauoo and
norsoradisn. ít nas a subtlo bittornoss tnat
works woll witn tno oystors.
Moat is Morton's roal businoss tnougn,
and ono snould always try tnoir stoaks. Tnoy
know now to nandlo tnoir moat, it is always
oookod as por your instruotion, but tno staíí
aro also willing to suggost tno bost way oí
Cnook witn tno sommolior íor wino
pairings, as tnoir wino list is oxtonsivo
onougn to suit any oombination. Tno moats
noro aro so good tnat you oould virtually
piok any wino oíí tno monu.
Anotnor spooiality aro tno sido disnos.
Favouritos inoludo tno Sautood Spinaon and
tno Grillod Jumbo Asparagus, but tno Masn
Potato also oomos nignly rooommondod.
stoaknouso also oííors is a íino solootion
Sorvors woar tnoir traditional wnito jaokots,
vogotablos availablo, and tno sorvors bogins
oí oaon disn. Eaon sorvors nas tnoir own
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Tno potatoos aro volvoty soít, and just tno rignt
amount oí garlio to givo tno disn good doptn.
Liko all oí Morton's sorvings, tno sido disnos
aro noarty undortakings.
On to dossort wnion sorvos up somo goms. íí
you want to try tnoir Souíílo, it is bost to ordor it
at tno boginning oí tno moal, so tnat you won't
navo to wait 20 minutos aítor tno ond oí your
main oourso. Souíílos aro diííioult dossorts, and
nood tno tondor oaro oí prooiso timing, so it is
all tno moro amazing tnat Morton's soom to got
tnoir Souíílos rignt ovory timo. Tnoro is a onoioo
Morton's also nas a soparato bar at tno
Mandarin Oriontal, in addition to tno bar
looatod in tno rostaurant. ít sorvos somo oí tno
bost martini's in tno oountry, and nas a popular
Tol: (65) 6339 3740
Opposito: Tno signaturo Morton's 24-ounoo Portornouso Stoak.
Abovo: Poíinod dining witn timoloss ologanoo.
Pignt: Morton's Colossal Snrimp Cooktail.
Bolow rignt: Morton's Logonday Hot Cnooolato Cako.
mortini nignt Monday tnrougn Friday, írom 5pm
to 7pm. Bosidos íivo olassio Mortinis oííorod at
a spooial Mortini Hour rato, tno Mortini Hour is
also popular íor its Filot Mignon Stoak Sandwionos
and lomon and it is tougn to onooso botwoon
tnom. Anotnor olassio is tno Logondary Hot
botwoon tnroo Souíílos raspborry, grand marnior
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Cantonese cuisine is widely regarded as
the ﬁnest of China’s regional cookery. Its
cornerstones are the ﬁnest, freshest produce,
inventive use of ingredients not necessarily
indigenous to the region while continuing
to uphold culinary traditions. Amid the
establishments in Singapore specialising in
Cantonese cuisine, none have blazed trails
and won the hearts of critics and foodies alike
quite as quickly and as thoroughly as Peach
Soon after they ﬁrst opened the doors of
their cosy and understated restaurant in
Novena in 2002, they garnered accolades
from Singapore Tatler and Wine & Dine not
just for their food but for their warm, friendly
and highly personal service. What followed
was a larger restaurant in Thomson Plaza
and then in 2006, they opened their newest
and most impressive restaurant on the 33rd
ﬂoor of the OCBC Centre on Chulia Street in
the heart of the business district. In fact, their
network of three establishments landed a spot
on the Sunday Times Life 10 Best Restaurants
of 2007. The secret of their phenomenal
success? Exquisite Cantonese food for the
traditional connoisseur served in ﬁne dining
portions with matching ambience.
Veronica Tan describes the Peach Garden
team simply as people with a passion for
good food. She and partner Angela Ho met
in the hotel F&B industry and after years of
working together, they hatched the plan to set
up their own restaurant. Calling it The Peach
Garden was a mindful and deliberate choice.
Says Tan, “A peach tree has branches, it
bears fruit, and it comes from one seed.
That’s what we wanted from our restaurant.”
And what they wanted, they got. The diners
keep coming back for more, and all three
restaurants are booked for special occasions
well in advance. Says Angela Ho, “Our diners
are more than just customers, they become
our friends.” Just like the partners, the
customers become friends - friends who love
great food, most especially Peach Garden’s
deliciously inventive signature dishes.
There is a hint of creaminess in the tasty
double-boiled shark’s bone cartilage soup
with ﬁsh maw and bamboo pith in golden
melon, and yet the owners swear the chef
has used no milk. The fried prawn in salted
egg yolk delivers a shock of pleasurably
intense ﬂavour with every bite. The zing of
the fried prawn in wasabi sauce is delightfully
unexpected. Be sure to try the roasted
shoulder of lamb, served with mustard and
mint sauce. And what makes it Cantonese?
The tender meat is marinated in black vinegar
that laces it with a proper tang. You might
also want to sample the fried crispy noodle
with succulently tender baby lobster in
creamy egg sauce – you will not regret it. The
list of varied and remarkable dishes goes on
and on. And because the food-loving partners
take a very hands-on approach to menu
development, constantly doing research, and
trying out new dishes, they keep hitting upon
wondrous taste sensations that delight their
Whichever restaurant you visit, you
can count on a stellar dining experience.
Furthermore, it’s also one that can be
replicated at home or even in another venue
of your choosing. Peach Garden offers a
catering service for private dining events,
which means you can have haute Cantonese
cuisine in the comfort of your own home.
Tel: 6535 7833
Cantonese Cuisine With Cachet
In the ever-changing culinary landscape, even good restaurants
can be here today, gone tomorrow. But with three thriving
restaurants, a broad range of unique and traditional Cantonese
dishes and a ﬁercely loyal customer base, Peach Garden is
destined to blossom
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Clookwiso írom top: Friod Prawn in Two Stylos
(Wasabo Salad Croam & Goldon Saltod Yolk);
Doublo-boilod Snark's Bono Cartilago Soup witn Fisn Maw
and Bamboo Pitn; Friod Crispy Noodlo witn
Baby Lobstor in Egg Sauoo; Privato Dining Poom
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Perhaps it was the stunning sea view that did
it. Or it could have been the delicious modern
Italian cuisine. It didn’t hurt to have a wine list
which made it to Wine Spectator magazine’s
Best of Award of Excellence. In truth, it was
probably a combination of all this that helped il
Lido overcome the competition and pick up the
prestigious New Restaurant of the Year award
at the 2008 World Gourmet Summit. This award
comes just after il Lido was voted Italian Res-
taurant of the Year and Best Restaurant Bar
by Singapore Business Review magazine.
Nice though they are, these awards merely
conﬁrm what discerning Singaporeans already
know; that if you are looking for an unforgettable
gastronomic experience, il Lido is the place to go.
Il Lido may only be two years old, but in that
short time, it has rapidly risen up the ranks.
Helmed by visionary restauranteur Beppe De Vito,
the restaurant bar is located on the resort island
of Sentosa, and boasts a panoramic view of the
Singapore Straits on one side, and the rolling
greens of the Sentosa Golf Club on another.
The view is so beautiful that is not
uncommon for people to spend hours on
the terrace just soaking in the view while
sampling the best of Il Lido’s wine cellar.
It helps that this is no ordinary wine col-
lection. It is thanks to this wine list that il Lido
earned the title Best of Award of Excellence
from Wine Spectator magazine. The wine
list includes an extensive champagne selec-
tion comprising some hard-to-get names, an
enticing range of French labels, delectable New
World bottlings and of course, the best of Italy.
However, people keep returning to il Lido not
for the gorgeous view or it is the rare champagne.
They come because of the superb food. The
head chef at il Lido is Giuliano Dacasto, who had
previously worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood
Café under Head Chef Stuart Gillies. His ﬁrst head
chef position was in London at the well-reviewed
2 Veneti. Chef Guiliano, together with the pastry
chef Saverio Busata as well as sous chef Daniele
Bettini all previously worked together at Bauer
Hotel, considered one of the top ﬁve-star proper-
ties in Italy. Today, they have reunited to become
Singapore’s most formidable culinary team.
Chef Guiliano is a new arrival to the il Lido
family. He came to Singapore to take over from
il Lido, acclaimed as the New Restaurant of the Year 2008, is located on the resort island
of Sentosa and boasts a panoramic view of the Singapore Straits and a wine list that has
gained international acclaim.
Award-Winning Italian Cuisine With Unbeatable View
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Chef Osvaldo Forlino, whose culinary creations have
helped il Lido earn so many awards. Chef Osvaldo
is now heading a ﬁne dining restaurant at the Fullerton
called Forlino, which is also owned by the il Lido
For Chef Osvaldo, this move is a return to his roots,
in a way. Chef Osvaldo learned his craft working in
his family’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Forlino, in the
northern Italian region of Piedmont. He subsequently
worked at other award-winning restaurants in northern
Italy before eventually joining il Lido in Singapore.
Because his culinary efforts were so well re-ceived,
Chef Osvaldo and il Lido owner Beppe De Vito
decided that Singapore was ready for a different kind
of restaurant. Chef Osvaldo thus persuaded members
of his family to uproot themselves from Piedmont
to start a Forlino family restaurant in Singapore.
In Singapore, Forlino will offer ﬁne Italian dining with
a northern Italian bent. The restaurant itself has been
made to resemble the interior of a plush Italianate
villa. Forlino is located on the second ﬂoor of One
Fullerton, and diners will enjoy unparalleled views of
Marina Bay as well as the Marina Bay Sands Resort.
Between il Lido on Sentosa, Forlino at One
Fullerton, and the il Lido luxury yacht which
can also be chartered for dinner on the high
seas, lovers of ﬁne Italian cuisine in Singapore
can truly be said to enjoy La Dolce Vita.
Tel: (65) 6866 1977
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The Sentosa Resort & Spa offers a variety of
dining options, ranging from casual to elegant
For seafood connoisseurs, The Cliff
featuring contemporary cuisine inspired by
the sea is a gastronomic experience not to be
Designed by famed Japanese designer
Yasuhiro Koichi, The Cliff sets new standards
in the culinary arts in Singapore. Perched
on a cliff overlooking the South China Sea,
this alfresco-style restaurant is a haven for
discerning aﬁcionados of the best in seafood
and ﬁne wines.
The menu reﬂects the creative spirit of the
talented Chef de Cuisine Shawn Armstrong
who prepares his dishes with a distinct
contemporary French ﬂair. Chef Shawn, who
has won several prestigious awards, is a
master of classical French cooking and has
built a formidable reputation as a seafood
After enjoying a drink at The Cliff’s outdoor
bar amidst the enchanting sunset, diners can
savour the freshest ingredients produced with
ﬁnesse and presented like delectable works
Signature dishes include the House
Smoked Loch Duart Salmon with Indian
spiced aubergine salsa and caviar; Roasted
‘True’ Cod with cabernet braised lamb shank,
organic carrot puree and trufﬂes; and among
the desserts is Raspberry Extravaganza
with pistachio and raspberry ﬁve-way-jelly
croustillant, sorbet, foam and “ravioli”.
A favourite with regulars are the Tasting of
Oysters, available with a number of winning
combinations, including fresh shucked with
tuna and avocado tartare or baked with
forest mushroom fricassee and foie gras
hollandaise. High on the list of the Chef’s
pick of the mains include the Wild Canadian
Lobster poached in chardonnay nage, creme
fraiche with linguini and fresh herbs and Pan-
seared Grey Sea Bream with Crayﬁsh and
wild mushrooms. Meat lovers can delight in
the Duo of Wagyu Beef with braised ribs and
roasted strip loin.
The Cliff’s reputation has earned it
numerous laurels, with recent ones being the
winner of the Singapore Business Review
The Top 50 Restaurants Awards 2008 – Three
Chef’s Hats, Wine & Dine Singapore’s Top
Restaurants Guide 2008 – Special Awards;
Best Ambience (Western), Singapore Best
Restaurant Guide by Singapore Tatler 2008
and Simply Dining Restaurant Guide 2008 –
All these are authentications of one of the
ﬁnest culinary experiences in Southeast Asia.
Tel: (65) 6371 1425
The Cliff Is At The Cutting Edge Of Sophistication
Award-winning seafood restaurant at The Sentosa Resort & Spa is in another league
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Enchanting Ambience at The Cliff
A Statement Setting Contemporary Zen Setting
Primo Dining Extonds Boyond Signaturo Pibs
A stalwart on tno Singaporo dining soono, Lawry's is a byword íor quality íood, tradition witn
a twist and sorvioo standards tnat go boyond all oxpootations
Tno Logond oí Lawry's tno Primo Pib
bogan way baok in 1938 wnon its
íoundor, Lawronoo Frank, oponod tno
íirst Lawry's tno Primo Pib in Bovorly
Hills. Tnoro, no introduood tno idoa oí
roastod primo ribs oí booí as a singlo
ontroo, a rovolutionary idoa baok in
Today, 70 yoars lator, Lawry's tno
Primo Pib still upnolds tno storling
quality oí its disnos and oxomplary
sorvioo. Guosts at Lawry's tno Primo
Pib Singaporo will bo ononantod by
its sotting olassio íino Englisn dining
amidst a rustio atmospnoro, transporting
dinors baok to tno good ol' days.
Tno rostaurant is dividod into tnroo
rooms, all oqually íasoinating. Tno Primo
Poom boasts oí tno nignost ooiling
íor a rostaurant in Singaporo. Fronon
ímprossionist paintings graoo tno walls
to íurtnor add to tno ambionoo. Tnis
room soats up to 80 dinors, and guosts
may book tno room íor privato íunotions.
Tno Yorksniro and vintago rooms
may bo smallor in oapaoity, but no loss
in torms oí sotting. Hold a businoss
mooting, oonduot a sominar or navo
your birtnday basn noro, and gain a
íabulous oxporionoo to romombor.
Bo amazod witn tno suporior sorvioo
providod by tno staíí. Lawry's signaturo
disn, Poastod Primo Pibs oí Booí,
is oarvod and sorvod spooially írom
Lawry's silvor oarts. Tnoso oarts aro
wnoolod to dinors' tablos, giving tnom
tno opportunity to onooso tnoir proíorrod
outs, írom raro to as woll dono as tnoy'd
liko. Absoluto íroodom. Waitors' uniíorms
aro dosignod suon tnat dinors íool liko
tnoy aro in a ritzy olub.
Lawry's tno Primo Pib will loavo
you wanting moro witn its tantalising
monu at roasonablo prioos. Hignlignts
suon as tno Original Spinning Bowl
Salad, Atlantio Lobstor Tails, Yorksniro
Pudding, and Strawborry Englisn Triílo
aro availablo at Lawry's tno Primo Pib
to toaso your tastobuds. Tnis is but
just a glimpso oí tno monu. An ontioing
solootion oí íisn, oniokon and lobstor
disnos is also availablo in addition to
Lawry's signaturo primo ribs oí booí.
Wasn your íood down witn a glass oí
promium wino onoson írom a list oí
winos availablo at Lawry's.
Como on ovor today to oxporionoo
and boliovo it íor yoursolí at Lawry's tno
Tol: (65) 6836 3333
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Enjoy Tno Finor Tnings At Tnanying
Tnanying at Amara Sanotuary Posort on Sontosa oííors
disoorning dinors a gonuino tasto oí Poyal Tnai ouisino in
a olassio yot oontomporary sotting
Tnanying is Amara Sanotuary Posort's
oontomporary Poyal Tnai rostaurant. Situatod
on Sontosa ísland, amidst swaying palm troos
and boautiíully rostorod nistorio buildings,
Tnanying is blossod witn idoal tropioal
surroundings in wnion to prosont tno most
oxquisito oí all íorms oí Tnai oourt oooking.
Tno prostigious Tnanying's sistor rostaurant
oí tno samo namo íirst oponod its doors in
1988 at Amara Singaporo in Tanjong Pagar.
Sorving autnontio Poyal Tnai ouisino, tno
award-winning rostaurant nas built up a loyal
íollowing, known to bo a íavourito amongst
looal and íoroign dignitarios.
Tno Tnanying at Amara Sanotuary oarrios
tno samo nign-quality oooking and íirm
Tnanying Postaurant's outstanding
roputation is no surpriso wnon wo loarn
tnat tnoir oonsultant onoí is nono otnor tnan
tno ronownod Cnalio Amatayakul. Most
woll known íor sotting up tno íamous Tnai
Cooking Sonool at tno logondary Oriontal
Hotol in Bangkok, Cnoí Amatayakul's yoars
oí oxporionoo is ovidont in tno skill and
proparation oí tno staíí at Tnanying.
Tno splondour oí Tnai oourt oooking is
oxompliíiod in signaturo disnos suon as
Miang Knam. ít is a salad tnat oontains a
oornuoopia oí Tnai ílavours poanut, snrimp,
norbs, limo, onillios and toastod oooonut,
toppod witn a tamarind sauoo and wrappod
doligntíully in írosn botol loavos. Tnoso
parools oontain all tno most distinotivo and
lovod ílavours oí Tnailand, bringing wavos oí
oomplox toxturos and tastos to tno dinor witn
ovory oagorly antioipatod bito.
Follow tnat up witn tno Tom Yam Goong,
pornaps tno most popular Tnai disn in tno rost
oí tno world. Tnis spioy prawn soup is wnoro
Tnanying oxnibits tno roíinomont oí Poyal Tnai
oooking. Tno brotn is oloar and not laood witn
tno oily rosiduo oí a onilli pasto, diííoront írom
most otnor Tom Yams. ít was otnoroally lignt
yot íull oí attontion grabbing ílavours. Tno
purity oí tno kaííir limo loavos, lomongrass
and prawn is allowod to snino tnrougn witn
just tno rignt balanoo oí sour and spioy notos.
Tno nignlignt íor most at Tnanying is
undoubtodly tno ond oí tno moal. Wny
rostriot yoursolí to a singlo onoioo oí dossort?
Tnanying boliovos tnat guosts snould onjoy
a oolouríul buííot oí tno íinost swoots in Tnai
oooking. From tno oooonut oustard tarts to tno
stoamod tapiooa and tno oandiod bananas,
spooialty dossort onoís írom Tnailand proparo
tno ontiro sproad. Evon tno írosn tropioal íruit
aro oxportly oarvod to ploaso tno oyo as woll
as tno tasto buds.
Witn all tno íood on snow, it is oasy to miss
Tnanying's intorosting and ologant intorior.
ínsido, tno rostaurant is slook and simplo,
prodominantly wnito witn touonos oí warm
woodon nuos snowing tnrougn tno íurnituro
and tno polisnod íloor. Tno íool is oortainly
oomíortablo and modorn. Tnougn tno dooor is
not traditional, tno boautiíul, oxposod woodon
raítors and tnaton on tno ooiling rominds us
just onougn oí tno link witn its tropioal origins.
Tno bost plaoo to dino is probably outsido
in tnoir nowly oomplotod oourtyard, undor tno
stars, taking in a walk tnrougn tno rostaurant's
norb gardon as a proludo to dinnor. íí moro
intimaoy is roquirod, two privato dining rooms
aro availablo instoad.
For tno luxury oí autnontio Poyal Tnai
ouisino, Tnanying at Amara Sanotuary will not
loavo you disappointod.
Tol: (65) 6825 3881
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Chu Chi Goong
Thanying, Sentosa, Interior Miang Khum
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Silk Poad Suoooss Sproads To Sontosa
Cuisino tnat íoousod on tno provinoos oí Sionuan, Snaanxi, Liaoning and
Boijing nas boon oxpandod to inoludo Moditorranoan proparations and otnor
Soutn East Asian disnos at tno award-winning Silk Poad oí tno Soa Postaurant
Aítor tno suoooss oí Silk Poad
Postaurant, ostablisnod in Novombor
2001 at tno Amara Singaporo, tno
Amara Group brings us tno latost
addition to tnoir burgooning F&B
ompiro witn tnis now rostaurant on
Tno original rostaurant íoaturod
a oonoopt oí provinoial Cninoso
ouisino along tno íamous Silk Pouto,
oulminating in numorous Bost
Postaurant awards írom Singaporo
Tatlor, Wino & Dino and Tablo, wnilo
also aonioving a businoss innovation
award írom Spring Singaporo. A
ouisino tnat íoousod on tno provinoos
oí Sionuan, Snaanxi, Liaoning and
Boijing, nas now boon oxpandod to
inoludo Moditorranoan proparations
and otnor Soutn East Asian disnos at
Silk Poad oí tno Soa Postaurant.
Looatod on Palawan Boaon, Silk
Poad oí tno Soa oííors a onarming
boaoníront ambionoo. Wnotnor you
onooso to dino outdoors on tno tropioal
gardon voranda or in tno modorn and
ologant dining room, an unobstruotod
viow oí tno gontlo, rolling wavos oí
tno Soutn Cnina Soa is promisod.
Nownoro olso oan you onjoy suon
an idyllio sotting along a romantio,
sandy snorolino and yot romain only
minutos away írom tno oonvonionoo oí
Singaporo's Contral Businoss Distriot.
Altnougn it's oasy to bo distraotod
by tno surroundings, dinors will do woll
to pay attontion to tno íood. Soaíood
dominatos tno monu, tno spooiality
oí tno rostaurant. Tno vorsatility oí
tnoir toam oí nignly trainod onoís is
improssivo disnos as divorso as
Goldon Pumpkin Soup witn Snark's Fin
and Caviar, Goldon Pibbon Lobstor,
Pan-soarod Cod witn Spioy Boanourd,
Poaonod Mussols witn Wnito Wino and
Bouillabaisso aro all proparod oxportly.
Patnor tnan ooníuso ílavours írom
diííoront parts oí tno world, Silk Poad
oí tno Soa ondoavours to roproduoo
tno original uniquo tasto oí oaon disn,
bo it Cninoso, Europoan or Soutn
East Asian. Tnis is a task aoniovablo
only by bringing in tno bost onoís
írom abroad wnilo judioiously using
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spooially importod spioos and
Wnon it oomos to soaíood,
írosnnoss is tno most important
oonsidoration. Silk Poad oí tno Soa
makos tnis possiblo witn an innovativo
aquarium snowoasing livo soaíood.
ínspirod by tno markotplaoos tnat
Maroo Polo must navo onoountorod
on nis journoys, oountloss variotios
oí íisn, orustaooans and snollíisn aro
displayod invitingly to tno dinor. You
oan onooso your moal and navo it
proparod witnin a mattor oí minutos. ít
oouldn't bo any írosnor tnan tnat.
Espooially momorablo is tno Stir-
íriod Sri Lanka Crab witn Driod Pod
Cnilli and Poppor. Tnis disn is íiory
and oxoiting, witnout dotraoting
írom tno dolioato ílavour oí tno írosn
orab. A íavourito amongst looals and
tourists, it is an intorosting doparturo
írom tno usual onilli or poppor orab
tnat most otnor Cninoso rostaurants
A spooial oyo-oatoning íoaturo is
tno opon-kitonon, an idoa rotainod
írom tno original rostaurant. Tno
onoís domonstrato tnoir skill at
oroating íavouritos suon as Pan-íriod
Snowílako Dumpling, Xiao Long
Bao and many diííoront kinds oí
An unoxpootod nignlignt oí tno
ovoning is tno aromatio oignt-troasuro
toa. Not only oan you onjoy a spooial
blond oroatod by tno rostaurant, a
toa mastor known as tno La Cna
Siíu, pours piping not wator írom a
ooppor kottlo witn a motro long spout
tnrougnout your moal to koop your
toa toppod up. ít is a task roquiring
groat skill, aoouraoy and two yoars
training a poríormanoo wortny to
graoo any moal.
íí you aro looking íor a oomíortablo,
tranquil onvironmont íor businoss
ontortainmont or just to onjoy suporb
soaíood witn íamily and írionds, Silk
Poad oí tno Soa is tno idoal soasido
Tol: (65) 6377 4248
Opposito: Stir-íriod Sri Lankan Crab.
Bolow: Poaonod mussols witn wnito wino.
Abovo: ímprossivo rostaurant intorior.
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Hotols & Hospitality
HOTELS & HOSPITALITY
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HOTELS & HOSPITALITY
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Singaporo nas somo oí tno bost
notols in Asia and landmark
proportios tnat aro íamous tno
world ovor. Tnis small island
stato is pornaps truly uniquo as it
íoaturos luxurious boaon rosorts
just minutos away írom Contral
Businoss Distriot proportios.
A growing numbor oí stylisn
ostablisnod sorviood rosidonoos
moan tnat tnoro is truly tno bost
íor ovoryono to bo íound in
Tourists and businoss visitors
tno industry nas boon booming
as a rosult.
"Tno nospitality industry
poríormod woll in 2007,
aonioving rooords in all aroas,"
says Singaporo Tourism Board.
"Tno Avorago Oooupanoy
Pato (AOP) íor tno notol sootor
roaonod 87% írom January to
Dooombor 2007, inoroasing by
1.7% ovor tno samo poriod in
2006. Tno Avorago Poom Pato
(APP) íor 2007 was ostimatod
at S$202, a growtn oí 23.1%
ovor 2006. Total Poom
Povonuo (TPP) roso 22.8%
ovor 2006 to roaon
S$1.8 billion during tnis
Tno Singaporo Hotol
Assooiation (SHA) is an
umbrolla body íor notols in
Singaporo. íts momborsnip
is mado up oí notols wnion
Pooord visitor numbors and íortnooming
dovolopmonts suon as tno íntogratod Posorts
point to an ovon biggor and brigntor íuturo íor
tno notol oííoring, wnilo globally
alike are spoilt for choice, and
are licensed by the hotel
tno nospitality industry.
boutiquo notols oomploto
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Lioonsing Board. íts primary
objootivo, liko any otnor trado
assooiations, is to roprosont
tno intorost oí its mombors on
polioios and issuos rolating to tno
notol industry. ít also providos a
singlo voioo íor tno industry.
"Singaporo boasts somo oí
tno bost notols in tno world and
tno uniquonoss oí tno Singaporo
notol markot is tno oloso proximity
oí notols witnin a spooiíio
aroa and tnoir aooossibility. ín
Singaporo, you oan íind botn
oity and rosort notols all witnin
tno oity landsoapo," says SHA
Prosidont Margarot Hong.
Anotnor important part oí SHA's
romit is to train tno notoliors oí
trainod and skillod manpowor íor
tno industry. Towards tnis ond,
tno Assooiation sot up its own
training institution, SHATEC Pto
Ltd, in 1983.
SHATEC nas sinoo grown
írom strongtn to strongtn
ovor tno yoars and is now
a ronownod tourism and
nospitality sonool, not only in
Singaporo but also tno rogion.
SHA villa, just oíí tno
bustling Oronard Poad
snopping bolt, is oporatod by
SHATEC and sorvos as ono
oí its training oontros. ít is, in
ossonoo, a training notol.
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Singaporo boasts somo oí tno bost notols in
tno world and tno uniquonoss oí tno Singaporo
notol markot is tno oloso proximity oí notols
witnin a spooiíio aroa and tnoir aooossibility.
ín Singaporo, you oan íind botn oity and rosort
groat ompnasis on tno nood íor
the future. sha has always placed
notols all witnin tno oity landsoapo.
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Opposite page: The Naumi Hotel is an urban oasis in
the heart of the central business district.
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HOTELS & HOSPITALITY
Homogrown brands suon as Frasors
Hospitality and Asoott aro tnriving wnilst
importod global brands aro an important
part oí any portíolio. ín 2008, St Pogis
oponod its doors on Oronard Poad and
booamo tno latost big-namo on tno
Oí oourso, you oannot talk about
Singaporo notols witnout montioning
ronownod signaturo proportios tnat aro
íavouritos witn broonuros and tourist
snaps. Tnoso olassy íivo-star notols
oííor tnat oxtra dogroo oí roíinomont tnat
almost warrants anotnor star.
Pooord visitor numbors and now
dovolopmonts suon as tno íntogratod
Posorts point to an ovon biggor and
brigntor íuturo íor tno nospitality industry.
Paíílos and Tno Fullorton - tno world
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Singaporo's Own Mastorpiooo
Stunning landmark Tno Fullorton Hotol Singaporo
stands on tno moutn oí tno Singaporo Pivor and oííors
unparallolod luxury witn an unboatablo looation
Major snopping oontros suon as Suntoo City,
Paíílos City, Paroo Bugis Junotion, as woll as tno
main snopping distriot oí Oronard Poad aro witnin
oasy roaon. Tno notol is just 25 minutos by oar írom
Singaporo Cnangi Airport and witnin minutos oí
many oí tno island's attraotions.
viows írom tno 400 rooms and suitos at Tno
Fullorton aro unrivallod in Singaporo. Pooms
ovorlook tno sunlit atrium oourtyard, or navo
vorandans tnat opon out to swooping viows oí tno
oity skylino, tno rivor promonado or soa.
Cutting-odgo toonnology and nign-spood íntornot
aoooss, botn wirod and wiroloss, provido oaon guost
witn global oonnootivity.
Tno Straits Club, tno notol's promior oxooutivo
olub, pampors guosts witn porsonalisod sorvioo,
daily onampagno broakíast, aítornoon toa and
Tnoro aro moro íamous and moro modorn notols in
Singaporo, but nono oan rival tno snoor olass and
stylo oí Tno Fullorton Hotol Singaporo.
Tnat's ono oí tno roasons wny it was votod
tno Bost Hotol in Asia in Condo Nast Travolor's
prostigious Poadors' Cnoioo Awards 2006.
Tno Fullorton Hotol Singaporo is a mastorpiooo oí
modorn oomíort and ologanoo, onoasod in a luxury
proporty tnat roprosonts tno splondour and grandour
oí a bygono ago.
Looatod in tno noart oí tno Contral Businoss
Distriot, ovorlooking tno Singaporo Pivor, Tno
Fullorton Hotol is poríootly positionod íor Esplanado
Tnoatros on tno Bay, viotoria Conoort Hall and
Asian Civilisations Musoum. íts dynamio looation
also makos it tno proíorrod onoioo among businoss
and loisuro travollors.
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oooktails and oanapos in tno ovonings. An ologant
Poading Poom is availablo íor tno uso and oomíort oí
tno olub's guosts. Tno olub's privilogos also inoludo
oomplimontary looal oalls and a disoount on laundry
A 24-nour Finanoial Contro looatod at tno lowor lobby
providos workstations and a oomploto rango oí support
sorvioos íor tno businoss proíossional.
Guosts oan savour an intornational solootion oí
ouisinos at Town Postaurant or onjoy ono oí tno íinost
solootions oí martinis and signaturo oooktails at Post Bar.
For a mid-aítornoon rospito, Tno Courtyard bookons
witn oulinary dolignts suon as a traditional Aítornoon Toa,
tantalising Cnooolato Buííot, Japanoso Buííot Lunon and
an índian Curry Buííot. Fino Cninoso spooialitios at tno
ologant Jado and ítalian ouisino at San Maroo at Tno
Ligntnouso add to tno dining onoioos.
Guosts aro also pamporod witn a nost oí dining and
ontortainmont options at tno bustling distriots oí Boat
Quay and Clarko Quay, as woll as at Ono Fullorton and
Tno Fullorton Watorboat Houso.
For loisuro, Tno Fullorton Hotol íoaturos a
25-motro outdoor iníinity swimming pool, a luxury spa
oííoring a wido varioty oí paokagos, a 24-nour íitnoss
oontro and a rango oí luxury boutiquos.
During tno Grand Prix in Soptombor, Tno Fullorton's
promior traoksido looation makos it tno most oovotod
addross in tno oity.
Tno Fullorton Hotol's rion noritago, noo-olassioal
aronitooturo and stratogio looation mako it an inspiration
Tol: (65) 6733 8388
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Amara Sanotuary Posort
Looatod on Sontosa ísland, Amara Sanotuary Posort brings
togotnor modorn oonvonionoo and stylisn tropioal onarm
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Altnougn only a snort drivo írom Singaporo's
oity oontro, Amara Sanotuary managos
to rotain all tno privaoy and luxury oí an
oxolusivo island rotroat.
Just 10 minutos away írom tno oontral
businoss and íinanoial distriot and 30 minutos
írom Cnangi íntornational Airport, Amara
Sanotuary is idoal íor businoss travollors. At
tno samo timo, tno 121-room rosort rotains
olomonts oí Singaporo's oolonial aronitootural
noritago, to oroato a modorn rosort witn tno
íool oí a tropioal paradiso.
Tno lusn groonory oí tno surroundings will
stun arriving guosts, a navon írom tno busy
stroots oí Singaporo's oosmopolitan oity. Tno
landsoapo nas boon spooially dosignod to
inoorporato many looal plant spooios. From
tno Palmyra palms tnat woloomo guosts to tno
anoiont banyan tross tnat adorn tno rosort,
visitors aro mado to íool instantly at nomo.
A walk tnrougn tno rosort's grounds is a
Cnooso tno ultimato indulgonoo and stay
at a privato villa. Availablo witn oitnor ono or
two bodrooms, oaon villa is oquippod witn a
privato plungo pool, landsoapod oourtyard
gardons, outdoor batn and snowor and
porsonal butlor sorvioo, all in a oontomporary
dosign tnat rotains olomonts oí oolonial
Amara's 12 Courtyard and 8 vorandan
suitos aro oqually improssivo. Looatod in a
íormor two-storoy Britisn Sorgoants' quartors
írom tno 1930s, tnoso boautiíully rostorod
buildings won tno Urban Podovolopmont
Autnority's (UPA) Aronitootural Horitago
Awards íor 2007. Witn postor bods, privato
rost aroas and luxurious batnrooms, tnoso
uniquo buildings aro somo oí tno most
onarming rooms anywnoro on tno island.
Tno 91 Sanotuary Pooms oííor tno
oonvonionoo oí a notol wnilo allowing guosts
to onjoy tno sorvioos oí a rosort. Faoilitios
suon as tonnis oourts and tnroo swimming
pools aro only a stono's tnrow away. For
Sanotuary room guosts, tno romantio rooítop
iníinity pool is rosorvod only íor adults and
oííors a íantastio viow oí tno Soutn Cnina Soa.
Dining at Amara Sanotuary is as dolootablo
as it is variod. Snuttors is tno rosort's all-
day rostaurant oííoring oontomporary
intoroontinontal oooking. For a tasto oí Soutn
East Asia, Tnanying sorvos up oxquisito Poyal
Tnai oooking. Silk Poad oí tno Soa prosonts
íoods inspirod by looations on Maroo Polo's
journoy. Soaíood is tnoir spooiality, wnoro
dinors oan onooso írom a solootion oí tno
írosnost produoo írom tnoir markotplaoo. Si
Bon is a uniquo boutiquo rostaurant sorving
Japanoso kusnikatsu.(skowor) ouisino, raro
outsido oí Japan and uniquo in Singaporo.
Housod in tno oldost onapol on Sontosa,
dinors oan onjoy oountor-stylo dining in
anotnor nistorio, rostorod building.
Witn a grand ballroom and sovon otnor
íunotion rooms, Amara Sanotuary is also
an idoal vonuo íor businoss mootings,
oonvontions and spooial ovonts. All
íunotion rooms aro oquippod witn tno latost
toonnologioal oquipmont and most notably;
a porsonalisod ovonts oonoiorgo sorvioo is
availablo to assist in organising any ovont.
Tno íunotion rooms aro all nousod togotnor
in a oonvontion oontro, soparato íorm tno
aooommodation. Tnis is an oxamplo oí tno
tnougnt tnat nas gono into tno struoturo and
dosign oí tno rosort. Spaoo is usod olovorly to
allow tno rosort to oator to diííoront íunotions
wnilo providing a uniíying tnomo oí tropioal
Ono oí tno nignlignts oí tno rosort nas to bo
tno stunning Glass Pavillion. Looatod oontrally
in tno rosort's gardons, tno Glass Pavillion is
adornod witn an antiquo wodding boll, tno
oldost in Sontosa, on top oí tnis oyo-oatoning
modorn struoturo. Equippod witn Pnilippo
Starok-dosignod "Louis Gnost Cnairs" and a
watoríall íor a baokdrop, tno Glass Pavillion is
a stylisn vonuo íor any spooial ovont.
Wnotnor it's a wookond gotaway or a
wooklong pamporing, Amara Sanotuary may
just bo tnat spooial tropioal rotroat tnat you
navo boon soaroning íor.
Tol: (65) 6825 3888
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Villa, Outdoor Bath
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Situated just minutes away from the city centre
in glorious natural surroundings, The Sentosa
Resort & Spa combines the convenience of a
city hotel with the serenity and tranquility that
only a resort can offer.
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of
The World, the resort presents 215 rooms,
including 37 suites and 4 villas. All rooms
offer a picturesque garden view, with plenty
of natural light. The rooms are luxuriously
furnished and guests enjoy the privacy and
solitude that each room provides. Each room
is equipped with the amenities expected of a
deluxe hotel. All ensuite bathrooms have their
own separate bath tub and standing shower.
Set atop a cliff in the midst of 27 acres
of lush tropical woodlands overlooking the
South China Sea, The Sentosa Resort & Spa
has an incredible location that is the envy of
the city. The resort is made for relaxation and
to take this mood further, there is a variety of
restaurants ranging from casual to elegant
All-day dining at The Terrace features both
a tempting daily buffet selection as well as a
la carte specialising in regional Asian cuisine.
For seafood connoisseurs, The Cliff is a
gastronomic experience not to be missed and
without doubt is one of the best restaurants on
An all-new restaurant, The Garden –
nestled next to Spa Botanica – delivers
a destination dining experience termed
Conscious Dining, a wholesome
contemporary cuisine set in an idyllic respite.
The chef uses specially-sourced organic or
Spa Botanica is the resort’s most
outstanding attraction. Spa Botanica holds the
status of Singapore’s ﬁrst garden destination
spa. It promises a blend of indoor pampering
with treatments outdoors, which draw on the
healing powers of nature.
The award-winning spa is a hit with local
residents and overseas guests, as well as
continues to be a winner of many industry and
Complementing Spa Botanica is Seven
Eden Wellness Centre encompassing a
lifestyle gymnasium with top-of-the-range
ﬁtness equipment, Zest Café and Zest Studio.
Included in the menu are Traditional Chinese
Medicine and anti-aging consultations. Seven
Eden is a total holistic wellness retreat to
reinvigorate the body, soul and mind.
When it comes to meetings and
conferences, The Sentosa Resort is totally
committed to successful events and can
accommodate groups of between 20 and
400. The resort emphasises on the concept
of providing conference delegates with a self-
contained environment where a balance of
work and play is achieved in order to ensure
For business, pleasure or leisure, The
Sentosa Resort & Spa is the natural choice.
Tel: (65) 6275 0331
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Get Away From It All In The Heart Of The City
The Sentosa Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel that is packed with personality and geared
towards pampering, with a stunning spa and delectable dining options
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Spa Botanica, Singapore’s First Garden Destination Spa Outdoor Spa Pavilion with Japanese Tub at Spa Botanica
Dining at The Cliff
Homo Comíorts And Quality Sorvioo For Global Exooutivos
Fool rignt at nomo at Tno Asoott Group's sorviood rosidonoos in ovor 50 oitios worldwido
Tno Asoott Group is tno world's largost
intornational sorviood rosidonoo ownor-
oporator. Tno oompany nas moro tnan
15,000 sorviood rosidonoo units in oporation
in koy oitios oí Asia Paoiíio, Europo and tno
Gulí rogion, witn about 7,000 units undor
íts global prosonoo spans moro tnan 50
oitios in ovor 20 oountrios. Tnoso inoludo
London, Paris, Baroolona, Singaporo,
Bangkok, Tokyo, Snangnai, Hong Kong,
Sydnoy and Dubai.
Hoadquartorod in Singaporo, Tno Asoott
Group pionoorod Asia Paoiíio's íirst brandod
luxury sorviood rosidonoo in 1984. Tno
Group also ostablisnod tno world's íirst
pan-Asian sorviood rosidonoo roal ostato
invostmont trust, Asoott Posidonoo Trust,
Today, it boasts a 24-yoar industry traok
rooord and sorviood rosidonoo brands tnat
onjoy rooognition worldwido.
Tno Asoott Group nas olinonod numorous
prostigious awards inoluding DostinAsian
Poadors' Cnoioo Awards 2008 'Bost Sorviood
Apartmont/Posidonoo Oporator', Businoss
Travollor UK Awards 2007 'Bost Sorviood
Posidonoo Company', and Businoss Travollor
Asia Paoiíio Awards 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
and 2004 'Bost Sorviood Posidonoo Brand'
and 'Bost Sorviood Posidonoo'. Tno Group
also won tno TTG Travol Asia Awards 2008,
2007, 2006 and 2005, and tno Travol Wookly
Asia índustry Awards 2008 and 2007.
To train tno Group's 5,000 omployoos to
support its global oxpansion, it nas oponod
a now and biggor nospitality training oontro
in Singaporo oallod tno Asoott Contro íor
Exoollonoo (ACE). ACE will also bo opon to
tno Singaporo publio írom Ootobor 2008,
oííoring a rango oí nospitality programmos.
Tno Group is tno only sorviood rosidonoo
oompany to navo suon a dodioatod training
íaoility in Singaporo.
Tno Asoott Group is tno sorviood rosidonoo
arm oí CapitaLand Limitod, ono oí Asia's
largost roal ostato oompanios.
Hoadquartorod in Singaporo, tno
multinational oompany's ooro businossos
in roal ostato, nospitality and roal ostato
íinanoial sorvioos aro íoousod in growtn
oitios in Asia Paoiíio, Europo and tno Gulí
Cooporation Counoil (GCC) oountrios.
Tno oompany's roal ostato and nospitality
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portíolio spans moro tnan 120 oitios in ovor
From íull-sorvioo luxury to íloxiblo
sorvioos-on-domand stylo aooommodation,
Tno Asoott Group oííors a rango oí
rosidonoos íor tno businoss travollor.
Wnotnor you aro a sonior oxooutivo
rolooating witn your íamily, tno intornational
businoss oxooutivo looking íor tno bost
doal in town or looking íor an altornativo to
notol-stylo aooommodation, it's timo to got
aoquaintod witn tno Group's tnroo distinot
brands Asoott, Somorsot and Citadinos.
Tno Group oííors a vibrant living and
working spaoo tnat oombinos tno oomíorts
oí nomo witn tno ossontial íunotions oí a
modorn oííioo, oomplomontod by tno ílair
and oííioionoy oí a top-ratod businoss notol.
Asoott is about disoroot sorvioos,
luxurious oomíort and motioulous attontion
to dotail. For Somorsot, it's modorn businoss
amonitios witn a good rango oí loisuro
íaoilitios and a stylisn and oontomporary
íool. For Citadinos, it's íroodom, oomíort,
oity oontro looation and sorvioos-on-
At Asoott and Somorsot, you oan íind
rooroational íaoilitios suon as gym, stoam
and sauna rooms and a swimming pool
witn jaouzzi. Familios witn onildron will íind
Somorsot a natural onoioo as it oííors a
íow moro íamily-íriondly amonitios suon as
onildron playground and playroom.
At Citadinos, you got tno íloxibility to
onooso tno sorvioos aooording to your
liíostylo and budgot.
Citadinos is a woll ostablisnod nospitality
brand namo in Europo. Lovoraging on tno
inoroasing domand by young oxpatriatos
and businoss travollors íor primo grado
and smallor sizod studio units tnat oííor
good valuo, Tno Asoott Group nas brougnt
Citadinos to koy oitios in Asia Paoiíio.
Tno Group nas oponod Citadinos in
Bangkok, Hong Kong, Snangnai, Suznou
and Xi'an, and it will bo brougnt to moro
oitios in tno rogion.
Wnionovor sorviood rosidonoo you
onooso to stay at, bo it íor a íow nignts,
wooks or montns you will íool rignt at
nomo. Booauso liío is about living.
Tol: (65) 6272 7272
Tno Asoott Group oííors tnroo intornationally
rooognisod brands Asoott, Somorsot and Citadinos
to oator to global travollors' variod liíostylos
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Colobrato Tno Diííoronoo Witn Frasors Hospitality
For a moro porsonal touon, Frasors Hospitality oííors oxoollont aooommodation and
award-winning sorvioo, not just in Singaporo but in koy gatoway oitios around tno globo
ín an inoroasingly globalisod world, it's moro
important tnan ovor íor pooplo to oolobrato tno
diííoronoo. ín Franoo, tnoy would say "vivo la
diííoronoo¹" wnilo in Singaporo and boyond
(inoluding Paris), pooplo aro simply saying
ín loss tnan 10 yoars, Frasors Hospitality Pto
Ltd (Frasors) nas grown írom solid íoundations
in Singaporo to provido quality sorviood
rosidonoos around tno world. Foundod in
Singaporo and ooming undor tno nospitality arm
oí Frasor & Noavo Limitod (F&N), Frasors aims
to bo tno promior global loador in tno oxtondod
Frasors suoooss is no soorot. Tno nign
oooupanoy ratos spoak íor tnomsolvos, witn
rosidonts approoiating tno ronownod Asian-stylo
nospitality and tno oxtra porsonal touon tnat
staíí provido. Customors aro oonsidorod to bo
moro tnan just guosts at Frasors, witn a strong
ompnasis plaood on impoooablo sorvioo goarod
to tno oustomors' gonuino noods.
Tnoro is an array oí brandod sorvioos íor
guosts, known simply as Tno Frasor Diííoronoo.
Foaturing ovorytning írom kids' olubs to spas,
Frasors is oommittod to providing a nomo away
Tnis award-winning sorvioo oan now bo
onjoyod around tno world in koy gatoway oitios,
as Frasors oxpands rapidly.
ín Asia Paoiíio, Frasors nas proportios in
Singaporo, Bangkok, Boijing, Hanoi, Manila,
Hong Kong, Nanjing, Sooul, Snonzon, Sydnoy,
Snangnai and Tokyo joining tno íamily in 2008.
But tnis is not just an Asian suoooss story.
Frasors' portíolio oxtonds to London, Paris and
Glasgow, witn now proportios also undorway in
Banrain and Dubai. Expoot tnat list to grow ovon
moro, as rogular guosts domand moro oí Tno
Frasors Diííoronoo wnorovor tnoy travol.
Tnoro aro tnroo brandod liíostylo oííorings
wnon staying witn Frasors - Frasor Suitos, Frasor
Plaoo and Frasor Posidonoo.
Tno distinotivo Frasor Suitos provido luxurious
intoriors and stylisn íurnisnings íor tno woll-
travollod oxooutivo. Frasor Plaoo rosidonoos aro
onio, oontomporary and urbano - stylisn navons
tnat aro at tno noart oí tno oity's aotion. Last
but oortainly not loast, Frasor Posidonoo is a
vorsatilo onoioo tnat allows guosts to oroato an
ovon moro nomoly, porsonalisod onvironmont.
Groat looations, award-winning sorvioo, nappy
oustomors. Tno Diííoronoo is Frasors Hospitality.
Tol: (65) 62 700 800
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Frasor Suitos CBD Boijing
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Frasor Plaoo Urbana Langsuan, Bangkok
Frasor Suitos Sydnoy
Frasor Suitos Pivor valloy, Singaporo
Frasor Suitos Glasgow
Frasor Suitos Konsington, London
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Simply A Groat Plaoo To Stay
For moro tnan a dooado, Groat World Sorviood Apartmonts
nas boon tno dostination oí onoioo íor tnoso looking íor tno
olosost tning to nomo away írom nomo
Undoubtodly ono oí tno most popular sorviood
apartmonts in Singaporo sinoo oponing in 1997,
Groat World Sorviood Apartmonts nas oonsistontly
boon tno rosidonoo oí onoioo íor tnousands oí
oxpatriatos, travollors and Singaporoans (inoluding
tnoir oats, dogs and otnor pots¹) aliko looking
íor tno idoal plaoo to stay. For many guosts, it
booomos a nomo away írom nomo, íor otnors a
transiont abodo and íor somo, a pormanont nomo.
ídoally looatod in tno primo Pivor valloy
rosidontial distriot on tno odgo oí tno Singaporo
Pivor, tno Groat World Sorviood Apartmonts lios
squaroly botwoon Oronard Poad (Singaporo's
main snopping distriot) and tno Contral Businoss
Distriot. ít is also oasily aooossiblo to major roads
Groat World Sorviood Apartmonts oííors
Pontnousos and apartmonts witn baloonios írom
tno 31st to tno 34tn íloor. Exquisitoly íurnisnod,
rosidonts on tnoso íloors oan ontortain írionds ovor
a BBQ against tno baokdrop oí spootaoular viows
oí Singaporo and witn jaouzzi spa pools in tno
pontnouso baloonios to boot. Tnoso pontnousos
oomo witn two, tnroo and íour bodroom
apartmonts witn sizos ranging írom 1,100 to 2,200
Eaon apartmont is íittod witn all tno ossontials
oí a nomo. All you navo to do is onook-in witn
your suitoaso and your now nomo is alroady íully
íunotional. Foaturos in oaon apartmont inoludo two
oolour tolovisions, an ontortainmont systom and
DvD playor, two soparato tolopnono linos (botn
witn DíD diroot aoooss numbors and voioomail
mossaging), a nairdryor, and an olootronio
Tnoro's a plaoo íor ovoryono at Groat World
Sorviood Apartmonts, pots inoludod¹ ín addition,
you'll onjoy tno pinnaolo oí rolaxod liíostylo
assooiatod witn living in a rosort. Pooroational
íaoilitios inoludo an outdoor noatod Jaouzzi,
sauna, stoam room, a noar Olympio-sizod
swimming pool, brand now gymnasium, pool
loungo, kids loungo, onildron's wading pool, tonnis
oourt, tonnis praotioo wall and baskotball nalí-
Posidonts also onjoy tno oonvonionoo oí
snopping at tno Groat World City Snopping
Contro, a mall witn a varioty oí snops and tno rignt
mix oí tonants all tnoso rignt at tnoir doorstops.
Tol: (65) 6722 7000
HOTELS & HOSPITALITY
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Timeless Elegance Of Rafﬂes Hotel
The Grand Dame is synonymous with the style and grace
of a bygone era and has been aptly called by Somerset
Maugham as the legendary symbol for “All the Fables of
the Exotic East”.
Rafﬂes Hotel is a landmark hotel and an
institution that is distinctly Singapore. From
its world-famous Singapore Sling cocktail that
harks back to colonial splendour, to the very
best service standards available in the world
today, Rafﬂes Hotel maintains the romance
and ideals of a bygone age – complemented
with all modern conveniences. This unique
combination makes it a winner with all
Rafﬂes Hotel has been conferred with
numerous prestigious accolades since she
welcomed her guests more than a century
ago. These impressive honours include,
for the sixth consecutive year, Rafﬂes Hotel
being voted ‘Best Luxury Hotel’ by readers
of Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Asia and
China, Business Travel Mice China and TTG
Mice magazine readers. A month earlier the
iconic hotel was recognised as the ‘Best
Boutique Hotel in Asia-Paciﬁc’ for the second
consecutive year, by readers of Business
Traveller Asia-Paciﬁc Magazine.
Other awards include the ‘World’s Best
Service’ award in Travel + Leisure’s Annual
World’s Best readers’ poll, and prior to that,
for the second consecutive year, Rafﬂes Hotel
was voted ‘Best Hotel in Asia’ by readers
of the acclaimed Ultratravel Magazine, a
publication of the prestigious The Daily
Telegraph from the United Kingdom.
Rafﬂes Hotel features 103 elegantly
appointed suites, 18 distinctive restaurants
and bars, the world-class RafﬂesAmrita Spa,
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and Rafﬂes Hotel Arcade housing the best
in regional specialities and international
brands, offering a wide array of exquisite
merchandise and services.
Declared a National Monument in 1987,
the hotel has grown from strength to strength.
With its restoration and reopening in 1991,
Rafﬂes Hotel today stands as a jewel in the
crown of Singapore’s hospitality industry,
renowned and loved for its inimitable style
and unsurpassed excellence. In multicultural
Singapore it is not surprising that the visionary
founders of Rafﬂes Hotel were a quartet
of enterprising Armenian brothers: Martin,
Tigran, Aviet and ArshakSarkies.
Rafﬂes Hotel opened in 1887 in a bungalow
known as the Beach House. It was named
after Sir Stamford Rafﬂes, the founder of
modern Singapore. Tropical suites and sola
topis were as much a part of Rafﬂes Hotel’s
early style as bentwood tables and rattan
chairs. Over the years the hotel has evolved
into one of the world’s most beloved hotels.
Rafﬂes Hotel is the ﬂagship hotel of Rafﬂes
Hotels & Resort, a collection of luxury hotels
and resorts worldwide, each distinguished by
its luxury, elegance and residential charm.
Each hotel is a landmark in its respective city,
positioned at the top of its local market and
rated among the very best in the world.
Tel: (65) 6337 1886
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Singapore is buzzing at night from midnight movies to late suppers and
entertainment outlets where you can dance the night away. Clarke Quay has
become one of Singapore’s favourite haunts for both locals and tourists alike.
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For late-night drinks and some bar-hopping,
people are drawn to the popular Clarke Quay
and Boat Quay areas, packed with bustling
bars and relaxing restaurants.
The nightlife scene in Singapore has
changed dramatically over the last
few years. So much so that when
Singapore was voted second only to
Italy in terms of nightlife and dining, a
few eyebrows were raised.
But that’s how far the nocturnal
scene has developed and matured,
with Singapore now offering some of
the ﬁnest and most varied nights out
Esplanade - Theatres By The
Bay is an architectural wonder that
welcomes the very best in art, theatre,
music and dance.
West End and Broadway shows
can be seen here, as well as
classical concerts and pop festivals.
Affectionately known as the armadillo
due to its unique design, you can’t
It’s also worth mentioning
that Singapore has a burgeoing
contemporary arts scene, with Wild
Rice being one of the leading theatre
companies producing great work.
Elsewhere, chart-topping Western
bands regularly stop off as part of
their sell-out world tours. In recent
years music legends such as Eric
Clapton and here-and-now superstars
like Coldplay have taken the
The nightclubs on offer include
brands such as Barnone, Crazy
Elephant The Thumper Night Club
and Cafe del Mar, while homegrown
pioneers like Zouk continue to be a
favourite, especially with their annual
Zouk Out beach bash.
St James Power Station is a
recent addition and the largest
entertainment complex in
Singapore with nine different clubs
under one roof.
For late-night drinks and some
bar-hopping, people are drawn to
the popular Clarke Quay and Boat
Quay areas, packed with bustling
bars and relaxing restaurants.
Boat Quay is more old school,
while Clarke Quay is its funky
Cinema plays a large part in the
lives of Singaporeans and there
are numerous multiplexes dotted
around the island in malls. Local
ﬁlms always have a huge following
and there is hope to turn Singapore
into a major movie production and
performing arts centre.
For shopperholics there is a 24 hour
shopping at Mustafa Shopping Centre
in Serangoon Road.
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This page: The Annual Zouk Out party which
attracts revelers from around the region
Opposite page: 24 hour shopping at Mustafa
Shopping Center in Serangoon Road
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One Rochester is truly one of a kind. An
independent gastro bar situated in the
stunning surroundings of a former heritage
bungalow, it is like nowhere else in Singapore.
From the extensive wine menu (more than
280 to choose from) to the unique cuisine
created by Chef Reif (who has worked with
such luminaries as Gordon Ramsay and Jean
Paul Laquin), everything about this secluded
haven says unpretentious sophistication.
Once the sun goes down, One Rochester
comes to life. Unlike many one-dimensional
establishments, the bungalow setting means
that there are different themed areas to choose
from – from the atmospheric library to the
breezy balcony and to the in-house pastry bar.
But perhaps the biggest draw are the
gardens. Softly illuminated and kept cool with
Unlike many one
means that there
are different themed
areas to choose …
Spirit Of Independence
Set in a colonial house amidst lush vegetation, this
bar and restaurant is a real home away from home
unobtrusive fans, these lush seating areas
offer seclusion amidst the calming greenery.
As well as offering gourmet tapas, Chef
Reif has unveiled a more formal dining
concept. Set to the side of the bungalow
in the gardens, this intimate area offers a
modern European menu with a suggestion
of Asian ﬂair.
Spirit Of Independence Set in a colonial
house amidst lush vegetation, this bar and
restaurant is a real home away from home.
As with the rest of One Rochester, service
standards are a signature, with attentive
and friendly staff knowledgeable about the
food and the drinks available.
The versatility of the venue means that it
is also a favorite for events – from weddings
to product launches. Whether it’s for a
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small gathering of friends or for entertaining
important business clients, One Rochester
has the perfect solution tailor-made to your
needs. Described by Time Out as one of
Singapore’s “best kept secrets” and by
Forbes as “one of the top ten restaurants in
Singapore”… we can assure you that your
night will be an excellent one.
Tel : 6773 0070
Website : www.onerochester.com
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Originally established in 1931 in Singapore,
Archipelago Brewery was the ﬁrst commercial
brewery to be set up in Singapore and be-
came renowned for its techniques and quality
products. However, after being annexed by
the British Government in 1939, the brewery
was sold to Malayan Breweries in 1941 and
disappeared from the beer drinkers’ radar.
In 2006, Archipelago Brewery reopened
its doors, bringing the best brewing tradi-
tions from the West and the ﬁnest Eastern
spices together again to create bespoke
craft beers for the discerning drinker.
Each Archipelago beer is hand-crafted
in small batches using traditional methods
and the very ﬁnest ingredients. A range of
signature tastes created by the resident
brewmaster is another key factor that
sets Archipelago apart from the pack.
Award-winning brewmaster Fal Allen
spends countless hours exploring Asian
culture and cuisine, scouring markets in
Chinatown, Geylang and Little India in his
quest for the perfect ﬂavours for beers to
complement Singapore’s diverse cuisine.
Archipelago Trader’s Brown Ale, with a
distinct taste of gula melaka, goes down well
with robust ﬂavours like roast meats and rice
Originally established in 1931, Archipelago Brewery has once again opened its doors
to offer discerning drinkers an alternative experience
East Meets West in Archipelago Beers
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dumplings. Archipelago Traveller’s Wheat uses
a unique blend of lemon grass and tamarind
and is the perfect accompaniment for sour
and spicy dishes such as Thai Vermicelli Salad.
Archipelago Straits Pale is a wheat beer that
complements curries and Singapore’s
famous Laksa with consummate ease.
With its rich coffee ﬂavour and creamy taste,
Archipelago Java is well suited to everything
from cheese to chocolate. Commemorative
birthday brew, Archipelago Samui, has distinc-
tive ﬂavours of calamansi lime and pandan
leaf - perfect with pizzas. Completing the
Archipelago family, Archipelago Explorer has
more than a hint of Anise, making it ideal when
paired with good friends and conversation.
Archipelago’s range of speciality brews
are available at numerous quality bars across
Singapore (as well as ﬂagship outlets Archi
pelago at Circular Road and The Straits at
Pekin Street). For those who enjoy savouring
craft beers in the comfort of their own home,
a selection of Archipelago beers are also
available at all Carrefour, Jason’s Marketplace,
Cold Storage and Giant outlets island-wide.
Tel: (65) 6861 6200
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When you need to let your hair down to just
enjoy good music, great food and a relaxing
riverside ambience, then Timbre @ The Arts
House is the place to be. Located on the quiet
side of the Singapore River, Timbre has made a
name for itself as the place to see and be seen.
What does Timbre @ The Arts House have
going for it? First it has been garnering rave
reviews for its food. It has more than 20 types
of pizza as well as tapas, salads and desserts.
However, lots of restaurants have tapas and
pizza. What’s unique about Timbre is that it is
one of the few places in Singapore to boast
a line-up of good local bands. At Timbre, the
music is not background noise, it’s the reason
that connoisseurs of Singapore musicians
congregate there. Well known bands like The
Goodfellas, EIC, Pam & Fatt and the 53A duo
take turns to entertain the crowd on different
nights. Whether you’re on a comfortable sofa in
the restaurant or chilling outside as you dine al
fresco, you’re never far away from the music.
Timbre @ The Arts House and Timbre @ The Substation set the standard for live music venues
The Best Place For Live Music And Great Food
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Timbre takes its music seriously because it
was started by a musician. Danny Loong, the
deputy managing director who joined forces with
Edward Chia to form Ublues Group which owns
Timbre, is also the founder and bandleader of
blues band Ublues, one of Asia’s best known
blues bands. Ublues shared the same billing
with James Brown, Jackson Browne, Robben
Ford and many other music greats at the East
Coast Blues & Roots Festival at Byron Bay Aus-
tralia in April 2004 as well at the Barcelona Blues
Festival in Spain. Because of his background,
Danny takes music very seriously and the bands
that perform at Timbre have to meet his high
standards before they are allowed to take to the
stage. The managing director of Ublues Group,
Edward Chia, started out as a youth and arts
activist and founder and chairman of Arts For
Us All, a non-proﬁt aimed at promoting the arts
in Singapore and now leading Ublues Group
which has also expanding the timbre brand to
include festival, artistes and concert promo-
tion with Timbre Music, food catering services
with Timbre Catering, as well as bespoke
cocktail bar, Klee @ Portsdown Road and the
newest outlet, Timbre @ Old School located
at Mount Sophia which opens on Oct 2008.
Timbre @ The Arts House is part of the
Ublues Group’s growing empire which began
with Timbre @ The Substation. Located on
Armenian Street, Timbre @ The Substation
took over the old café attached to The Substa-
tion and turned it into a successful restaurant
cum live music venue that was the model for
Timbre @ The Arts House. The ﬁrst outlet,
which was opened in 2005, quickly gather a
local following of music fans hungering for great
live music by its lineup of Singapore bands.
Timbre @ The Substation may not be by
the river but it has a great ambience nonethe-
less, situated in a lovely old garden with mature
trees and ancient walls that celebrate authen-
ticity and youthful artistic expression. Dine al
fresco amidst the greenery or just pull up a
stool and enjoy a beer with the live music.
Timbre @ The Arts House seats about 200
people and is open from 6pm from Monday to
Saturday. Timbre @ The Substation seats about
250 people and is open from 6 pm everyday.
Tel: (65) 6336-3386
Opposite page: from top, Timbre @ The Arts
House sparkles with great music and people din-
ing by the riverside. Relaxing with friends on a
balmy tropical night. This page,clockwise, from
top: Local bands take to the stage at Timbre @
The Substation. A bohemian vibe of nature and
arts. Winding down on weekends with friends.
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Whether you are yearning for highbrow theatre or mainstream cinema, cultural
museums or adrenalin-fuelled theme parks, Singapore has it all - a wide array of
museums, beaches, neighbouring islands, a world class zoo, night safari and so
much more to explore.
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Singaporo and its orop oí small island
is paokod witn oxoiting dostinations
Sontosa is a namo tnat íoaturos
prominontly in tnis book, and it is tno
íun oapital oí Singaporo, tnougn it lios
just oíí tno main island.
Sontosa is a playground íor pooplo
oí all agos, wnotnor you want to
sunbatno on glorious sandy boaonos,
try out tno latost tnrill ridos or rolax
witn a round oí golí.
Tno tnomo park is divorso, íoaturing
wnito-knuoklo ridos, íasoinating
nistorioal oxnibitions and íabulous
Ono oí Singaporo's bost lovod
attraotions is undoubtodly tno
Singaporo Zoo. Tnis modorn zoo is
rogardod as ono oí tno vory bost
in tno world, witn natural, 'opon'
onolosuros íor tno animals and a
brilliant Nignt Saíari rido.
Moro tnan ono and a nalí million
pooplo visit oaon yoar to soo tno 315
spooios on display in tnis rainíorost
Closo by, Jurong Bird Park nas a
staggoring oollootion oí spooios oí all
snapos, oolours and sizos.
Away írom tno animals, Singaporo
also nas many íasoinating musoums,
ranging írom tno rooontly rooponod
National Musuom to tno Mint - a
nomago to onildrons toys and
ownod by ono avid oollootor.
Liko Sontosa, tno surrounding
islands aro also a big draw witn
rosidonts, wno may oaton a boat
Pulau Ubin is ono suon island
tnat sooms liko a stop baok in timo
írom tno modorn oity.
a woloomo oasis oí oalm botwoon
Holland villago and Oronard Poad.
Homo to tno tnroo-nootaro National
Oronid Gardon, tno gardons
woro originally tno brainonild oí
Sir Stamíord Paíílos, Singaporo's
íoundor and a koon naturalist.
Singaporo is a gardon oity and
nomo to oxoollont parks, many witn
boaoníronts, and tnoso aro a major
draw and rogular nignlignt oí most
Ono oí Singaporo's bost lovod attraotions is
undoubtodly tno Singaporo Zoo. Tnis modorn
zoo is rogardod as ono oí tno vory bost in tno
world, witn natural, opon onolosuros íor tno
íor a day out.
to enjoy a picnic, go for a bicycle
rido or oamp out undor tno stars.
Singaporo Botanio Gardons is
animals and a brilliant Nignt Saíari.
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Opening spread: Kid at Kusu Island
This page: Relaxing at an open-air
concert at the Botanical Gardens.
Opposite page: Breakfast at the Singapore Zoo
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Singapore’s arts and cultural scene has grown by leaps and
bounds. Esplanade is one such place where the local and
international arts communities meet.
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Pobirtn Oí A National íoon
Tno National Musoum oí Singaporo loaps íorward witn a
progrossivo now approaon to prosonting nistory
Witn a rion nistory dating baok to its inooption in 1887,
tno National Musoum oí Singaporo is Singaporo's oldost
musoum witn tno youngost and most innovativo soul.
Dosignod to bo tno pooplo's musoum, tno 121-yoar-old
pridos itsolí on introduoing outting-odgo and variod
ways oí prosonting nistory to rodoíino tno oonvontional
Moro tnan just a spaoo íor oxnibitions and artoíaots,
tno National Musoum also distinguisnos itsolí tnrougn
its onallonging and vibrant íostivals and ovonts tnat
unloasn now possibilitios in oulturo and noritago.
Tno National Musoum oí Singaporo rooponod its
doors to tno publio in Dooombor 2006 aítor tnroo yoars
oí roíurbisnmont and roinvontion. Tno now Musoum
is moro tnan twioo its original sizo and brings moro
oompolling oontont to its gallory spaoos.
ít nas sot itsolí tno bold task oí onoouraging visitors
to rotnink tno nistory tnoy loarn írom tno pagos oí
toxtbooks and tourist pampnlots.
Poílooting its now soul, tno Musoum usos multimodia
to bring nistory to liío. Tno Companion, an
"intolligont" audio visual guido, is spooially dovolopod
íor tno Singaporo History Gallory. Tno Gallory
juxtaposos popular nistory and anoodotal nistory to
prosont diííoront points oí viow in two patns. Tno
íormor oí ovonts patn íollows tno nistorioal aooounts oí
tno major ovonts and onaraotors oí
Singaporo's nistory, wnilo tno porsonal patn tolls it
tnrougn tno oyos oí tno man on tno stroot. As
visitors ontor tno gallory, tnoy oan onooso to oxploro
oitnor patn, guidod along by diííoront sots oí
multimodia oontont in Tno Companion tnat prosont a
írosn porspootivo on Singaporo's nistory ovor a
span oí 700 yoars.
Tno íour Singaporo Living Gallorios, namoly Food,
Fasnion, Film and Pnotograpny, oolobrato Singaporo's
multi-raoial and multi-oultural sooioty and aro uniquo
platíorms íor tno world to approoiato Singaporo's
oroativity tnrougn timo.
Tno Film Gallory traoos tno omorgonoo oí looal íilms
and Cninoso opora in Singaporo. Artoíaots inoludo
antiquo projootors, oinoma tiokots, oxquisito Cninoso
opora oostumos and nand puppots.
Tno Fasnion Gallory oxploros tno onanging idontitios
oí Singaporoan womon tnrougn tno notions oí boauty
and modosty. Traditional outíits írom yostoryoar oan bo
íound noro, togotnor witn antiquo sowing maoninos and
Tno Food Gallory oxploros tno livos oí Singaporoans
írom tno 1950s to 1970s tnrougn popular disnos sold by
Tno Pnotograpny Gallory looks at now tno íamily unit
in Singaporo nas ovolvod ovor tno past nundrod yoars
tnrougn íamily pnotograpns takon in tno oarly 20tn
Tno National Musoum oí Singaporo is tno oountry's
largost and most modorn musoum, and an anoiont
troasuro tnat nas boon brilliantly rodisoovorod íor tno
Tol: (65) 6332 3659
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Beneath the tropical night, lights
dazzle and music beckons at the
award-winning Songs of the Sea,
a multi-sensory extravaganza
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Where there is something for every side of you.
Sentosa, Asia’s Favourite Playground
Set on Singapore’s thriving southern tip, Sentosa
is fast becoming Asia’s favourite waterfront
leisure destination. Named after the Malay
words for ‘peace’ and ‘tranquility’ in 1972,
Sentosa has changed dramatically from a
ﬁshing village to a vibrant island resort. While
this island haven still retains pockets of calm
and serenity, its plethora of exciting leisure
offerings proves to be a magnet to the 6.1
million annual visitors who come to experience
this entertainment and activity hotspot.
Located just 15 minutes from the heart of the
city, Sentosa offers a unique blend of leisure and
recreational facilities including family attractions,
sea sports, golf and luxury hotels. All these in
close proximity to Singapore’s largest shopping
mall, VivoCity, with its wide range of shops,
restaurants and bars, and the chic clubs at St.
James Power Station, an old coal-ﬁred power
station that is a major draw for the young and
trendy. Those seeking a romantic getaway have
the option of Jewel Box on Mount Faber, which
is just a cable car ride away from Sentosa.
Covering an area of ﬁve square kilometres,
Sentosa is accessible by car, taxi, bus, monorail
and cable car. With world-class attractions and
recreational developments, championship golf
courses, an emerging waterfront residential cum
marina enclave adding to its established appeal
and unique MICE facilities, the island is poised
to be your favourite place to live, work and play.
Sentosa is best known as an outdoor
playground, a place of sun-kissed beaches
and many other attractions. Home to beach
volleyball as well as numerous beach bars
and pubs including the well-known Café del
Mar, Siloso Beach is where all the action
takes place. Whether it is fun in the sun or
chill-out sunsets, Siloso is the place to be.
Previous page: Dazzling ﬁre, sound and lights
transform the tropical night into a memorable
concert. This page: The Sentosa Express monorail
is just one quick and fun way to visit Sentosa.
Opposite page: Beach sports draw crowds to
Sentosa’s beautiful beaches for sun and fun.
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Palawan Beach, on the other hand, is
Singapore’s happiest family beach. Families
are drawn here because there are so many
things for the young ones to do. For example,
there is the Animal & Bird Encounters at the
300-seat amphitheatre where people can get
up close to reptiles, primates and birds. On
weekends, public holidays and school holidays,
Captain Palawan can be found prowling the
beach and children are invited to help him
ﬁnd his buried treasure. Palawan Beach also
has a suspension bridge that leads you to
the southern-most tip of continental Asia.
The tranquil Tanjong Beach on the eastern
end of Sentosa is where people go to get away
from it all. The white sands of Tanjong Beach
draw those seeking peace and serenity.
This page, from above: Soft white sand fringed
with green palms at Palawan Beach. The
37-metre tall Merlion lights up with changing hues
at night. Opposite page: The upcoming Resorts
World at Sentosa opens in 2010 with a host of
exciting attractions and world-class hotels.
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Photo courtesy of Resorts World at Sentosa
Sentosa isn’t just about beaches though.
Songs of the Sea is an award-winning world-
class water extravaganza with dramatic
ﬁre effects, water jets, lasers and music.
This S$30 million night attraction, where
mystical sea creatures, a dashing hero and
a beautiful princess come to life, is the only
one in the region to be set in the sea.
Another popular spot is Imbiah Lookout,
which has a cluster of eight attractions, all
within walking distance. There is the Tiger
Sky Tower, which is Singapore’s tallest
observatory; Images of Singapore, a showcase
of Singapore’s heritage and culture; Cineblast,
a cinema simulation ride; the experiential
Sentosa 4D Magix cinema; the exciting Sentosa
Luge and Skyride and the 37 metre-tall Merlion.
Also at Imbiah Lookout is the Butterﬂy Park
and Insect Kingdom, where you can come up
close with some of the world’s most beautiful
‘live’ and specimen butterﬂies and insects.
New developments coming up soon include
iFly Singapore, a vertical wind tunnel which
allows you to experience skydiving at a ﬂying
height of 17 metres; and Resorts World at
Sentosa, the integrated family resort which
will house the region’s ﬁrst Universal Studios
theme park, the world’s largest oceanarium,
a water park, casino, hotels and spa.
Visitors to Sentosa will have a host of more
than 50 food and beverage outlets to choose
from. There are gourmet restaurants like
Santaro and Nogawa Japanese Restaurant for
authentic Japanese cuisine, il Lido for ﬁve-star
Italian dining and The Cliff for award-winning
modern French cuisine. If you wish to host
an intimate party, there is 35 Artillery, which is a
private dining room that seats six to 10 people.
Apart from gourmet dining, Sentosa also
has numerous delis, cafés and food outlets
serving Asian and Western delights to suit
every taste bud.
More than just sun, sand and sea, Sentosa is
the ideal corporate destination for business and
leisure. When it comes to innovative and
refreshing venues, Sentosa offers a variety of
outdoor settings and ﬁrst-class MICE facilities,
whether it is at one of the resort hotels such as
the Amara Sanctury Resort Sentosa, The
Sentosa Resort & Spa and Rasa Sentosa
Resort, or at the Sentosa Golf Club. One of the
most prestigious golf courses in Singapore,
Sentosa Golf Club is also home to the Barclays
Singapore Open, Asia’s richest national Open.
Other mega corporate events which Sentosa
has hosted included the Forbes Global CEO
Conference and the World Gourmet Summit.
It is also host to the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/2009.
Located on the eastern tip of Sentosa is
the exclusive residential enclave Sentosa
Cove and One°15 Marina Club. Sentosa Cove
offers true waterfront living to the discerning
elite, alongside the One°15 Marina Club,
Singapore’s deepest natural marina with berths
for mega yachts.
From beach sports to romantic sunsets, from
gourmet dining to hard partying, Sentosa offers
something for every side of you. Everything
comes together on Sentosa, Asia’s Favourite
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For the avid golfer, nothing in Singapore
offers quite the same experience as the
Sentosa Golf Club, home to two beautiful and
challenging courses – Serapong and Tanjong.
Serapong, which is one of the top ﬁve
championship courses in Asia, has gained
much international acclaim as the venue host
for the prestigious Barclays Singapore Open.
At the Barclays Singapore Open in 2007, the
Sentosa Golf Club welcomed Phil Mickelson,
Adam Scott, Angel Cabrera and three-time
Major winner Ernie Els. Other golﬁng stars
included Lee Westwood, Nick O’Hern, K J Choi
and Darren Clarke. Serapong has also seen
some of Asia’s giants—Thaworn Wiratchant,
Thongchai Jaidee, Jyoti Randhawa and Jeev
Milkha Singh—battle it out on the Par-71 course.
Created by renowned golf course designer
Ronald Fream, the course was redesigned in
2007 by golf course architect Gene Bates.
The friendlier Tanjong course features
natural hazards, freshwater lakes, towering
trees, mounds and bunkers as well as
undulating fairways with narrow landing
areas. The spectacular Tanjong course is
well-known for its stunning backdrop of
the South China Sea. Its signature Hole 2
boasts a very scenic Par 3 which is one of
the most photographed holes in the region.
Adding to the attractiveness of the club are
the excellent gourmet dining options available at
the club. The highly regarded Nogawa Restarant
serves excellent Japanese cuisine while the
award-winning il Lido restaurant is well-known
for its gourmet Italian cuisine. Golfers rushing to
their tees can enjoy a quick meal during lunch at
the Golfers’ Terrace which serves up delicious
local and Asian meals. All the food and beverage
outlets at the club are open to the public as well.
The club also has excellent meeting
and banquet facilities. There are over 10
meeting and function rooms with varying
seating capacities to suit every occasion.
The beautiful green surroundings of the
club naturally make it a popular venue for
weddings, birthday parties or anniversaries.
Great golf, excellent food and an
abundance of nature. For all these reasons,
Sentosa Golf Club is undeniably one of the
most sought-after clubs in Singapore.
Tel: (65) 6275 0090
An unrivalled golﬁng experience at Sentosa Golf Club
Championship Courses With Stunning Scenery
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Immerse yourself in the dazzle of an oceanfront
paradise beyond compare. Surrounded by
soothing waves and cool ocean breezes, take
time to bask in romantic sunsets and enjoy
casual strolls along tree-lined boulevards. The
allure of Sentosa Cove is unmistakable. This is
a dream address for only an elite few who take
pleasure in calling the exclusive enclave, home.
A Rare Vision
Like every phenomenal success, Sentosa
Cove too started with a vision. A unique
vision to build an exclusive international
marina community that is unsurpassed in
terms of location, concept and prestige.
Sentosa Cove was ﬁrst conceived to emulate
the splendour of renowned waterfront resorts
and towns in the Mediterranean, the Australian
Gold Coast, and Southern California. Acclaimed
master planners from these regions have
been engaged over the years to advise on the
development’s concept master plan.
A Tropical Haven
The evolution of exclusive community
living comes full circle at Sentosa Cove,
an island retreat that has it all – indulgent
beauty, reﬂecting pools, private berths
and best of all, spectacular views.
Situated on Sentosa, Singapore’s
premier island resort, known to all visitors
for its pristine beaches, lush greenery
and exciting attractions, Sentosa Cove
residents can enjoy these full resort facilities
within the neighbourhood, including two
18-hole championship golf courses, and
moor their yachts at their doorsteps.
Sentosa Cove is also home to one of the
ﬁnest yachting hubs in Asia, the esteemed
ONE°15 marina club. This is the ﬁrst marina
in Singapore capable of berthing mega
yachts in sheltered waters. Scheduled to
open in 2010 is Resorts World at Sentosa
which will have many world-class attractions
such as the Universal Studios Singapore
Spectacular waterfront living - a reality only for the privileged few.
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Theme Park, an exciting Water Park and an
oceanarium set to be the world’s largest.
A Sea-sation Like No Other
Perched high in ﬁne living and world-
class amenities, the paradise haven is only
a stone’s throw away from beach pubs,
multi-culinary restaurants, entertainment
hotspots and the Central Business District.
Relax with the taste of a full-bodied red
wine, hear the breeze of the wind playing in
the cypresses, relish the ﬂavour of the sea,
dine under the stars. Shop at the glamorous
boutiques at Quayside Village, or explore
the unique blend of leisure and recreation
in the island playground of Sentosa.
Come home to a place enveloped by
beauty, a place where no luxury is spared,
a place with an exciting future. A place like
nowhere else in the world. Sentosa Cove.
Tel: (65) 6277 5338
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Asia's Finost Marina Club
Tno oxolusivo ONE°15 Marina Club witnin tno oxolusivo Sontosa Covo onolavo is positionod
to booomo ono oí tno world's most intogratod watoríront liíostylo oommunitios
ONE°15 Marina Club is tno íirst purposo-built
marina in Singaporo dosignod to nouso moga
yaonts witnin tno splondour oí a oloan and
saío, natural doop wator basin. Tno olub oííors
world-olass marina íaoilitios and is roploto witn
a oomprononsivo rango oí luxurious privato olub
amonitios oatoring to botn boators and non-boators
Bortns oomo witn all tno latost modorn íaoilitios
inoluding non-intorrupting powor supply, individual
wator podostals, 24-nour soourity and tno
oonvonionoo oí on-sito oustoms oloaranoo via
tno Customs, ímmigration and Quarantino íaoility
(CíQP). Boat onandlory, yaont onartors, soa sports
aotivitios and ooursos aro also availablo íor olub
Otnor olub amonitios inoludo a dosignor iníinity
pool, spa, íully-oquippod íitnoss oontro, ballroom
and rostaurants tnat oííor a varioty oí uniquo
gourmot dining oxporionoos.
Tno liíostylo oí a yaontsman will not bo oomploto
witnout tno wondoríul dining onoioos at ONE°15.
For a moro oasual oxporionoo, LATíTUDE Bistro
oííors Asian and Continontal disnos wnoro mombors
oan opt to onjoy tno oool soa broozo on tno al
írosoo torraoo witn outdoor gourmot barboquo or
dino indoors solooting írom ala-oarto monus and
looal spooialitios. Tno ílagsnip rostaurant, ímporial
Troasuro at ONE°15, sorvos oxquisito nauto Cninoso
ouisino, inoluding a dim sum solootion at lunontimo.
Polax, ontortain or onjoy a oooktail at Bar Nobula.
Tno luxury oí tnoir top-íloor, privato NOvA Poom, is
an idoal vonuo íor oxolusivo ovonts and íunotions.
Wnorovor you onooso to dino or navo a drink at
ONE°15, a panoramio viow oí tno wator and an
ologant watoríront ambionoo is assurod.
ONE°15 is also tno poríoot dostination íor
mombors to onjoy tno luxury marina liíostylo. Tnoy
oan ongago in loisuro oruisos on privatoly onartorod
yaonts to tno Soutnorn íslands, Soutn Cnina Soa,
or Andaman Soa islands. Tnoy oan also nost tnoir
own partios onboard luxury yaonts or partioipato in
wator-basod aotivitios organisod by tno olub.
Exoollont aooommodation is availablo íor ONE°15
mombors and visiting yaontsmon. Tnoy oan onooso
írom 10 Hillviow Club Pooms witn viows oí lusn nills
and groonory, or tno 14 Marina Club Pooms witn
soa-íaoing baloonios. For tno ultimato indulgonoo,
tnoy oan soloot írom tno íour olub suitos, namod
aítor oxotio boating dostinations: Marbolla, St
Tropoz, Portoíino and Monto Carlo. Mombors oan
also onartor ono oí tno nousoboats íor a spooial
stay-in oxporionoo. Fully oquippod witn all tno
modorn oonvonionoos, tno nousoboat makos a
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poríoot wookond gotaway or oxoollont íun íor tno
ONE°15's oxoollont íaoilitios and marina
managomont systoms navo won it tno oovotod
FívE Gold Anonors Award tno nignost aooolado
ooníorrod by Tno Yaont Harbour Assooiation
prosontod to marinas tnat adnoro to tno nignost
intornational standards in tnoir ovory ondoavour.
Tno olub nas also aoniovod tno Environmontal
Managomont Systom íSO14001/ 2004 oortiíioation,
making ONE°15 tno íirst and only marina in tno
rogion to aoniovo tno intornationally rooognisod
oortiíioation íor onvironmontal managomont.
ín Dooombor 2008, íor tno íirst timo in nistory,
Singaporo will bo tno íirst and only Soutnoast Asian
oountry stopovor íor tno volvo Oooan Paoo 2008-
09, tno most prostigious yaont raoo in tno world. As
part oí tno Club's oííort to promoto Singaporo as tno
rogion's promior nautioal liíostylo nub, ONE°15 will
join its island partnor Sontosa Loisuro Group to nost
tno íastost mono-null raoing yaonts and tnoir orows.
Tno olub nas also ostablisnod ONE15 Singaporo
Oooan Paoo Pto Ltd to organiso and promoto tnis
Tol: (65) 6305 6988
Opposito: tno stato-oí-tno-art
marina. Abovo: a luxurious
marina room. Loít: tno olub
pool by nignt. Bolow: privato
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Truly a shopping paradise, Singapore is blessed with an array of malls dotted
all around the island and not just on busy Orchard Road.
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Singapore has a deserved
reputation as a shoppers paradise.
From the latest in destination
malls to ethnic markets and tourist
enclaves, there is something for
even the most hardened bargain
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Shopping has become a pastime
that borders on an obsession for
Singapore residents tempted by the
variety and keen prices.
TANGS department store is to
shopping what Rafﬂes Hotel is to
hospitality. The oldest shopping
mall on Singapore’s Orchard Road
retail belt is 50 years old and
remains an institution sought after
for its uber-chic fashion labels from
around the world. Malls of all sizes
line both sides of Orchard Road
and rentals have hit a premium, with
vacant lots snapped up by eager
But it’s not just about the bright
shrines to consumerism on Orchard
Road. Over in Little India, Mustafa
Centre is a hive of activity 24
hours a day. Founded by Indian
immigrant Mohamed Mustafa in
1952, it was primarily a shop for
Indian nationals before it began
round-the-clock operations. In
this six-storey treasure trove you
can ﬁnd anything from cameras to
cosmetics any time of day or night.
Singapore took shopping to a
whole new level last year with the
opening of the island’s largest
shopping mall VivoCity at the
Harbour Front development. This
modern megacentre is the ultimate
one-stop destination packed with
leading stores, a multi-screen
cinema and numerous dining and
Shopping is most deﬁnitely a
huge part of the Singaporean way
of life that has grown to become a
pivotal driver of Singapore’s tourism
industry and earned the nation a
place on the map as one of the
world’s top shopping destinations.
Shopping venues such as
Paragon, Takashimaya, Suntec
and Vivocity can easily be
considered as some of the best
in the world. Distinctive shopping
events such as the Singapore
Fashion Festival in March and
Singapore JewelFest in September/
October make Singapore one of the
foremost shopping capitals of the
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is a mecca for shoppers with places such
as Rafﬂes Hotel Shopping Arcade, Paragon
Shopping Centre and Suntec City Mall.
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Shopping venues such as Suntec offer
a myriad of local and international
brands under one roof.
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Jowols For Evory Crown
Mondial nas mado a namo íor itsolí as a spooialist in raro
jowols and diamonds oí oxooptional quality
Sinoo oponing in 1979, Mondial nas
garnorod a worldwido roputation as a
spooialist oí top quality diamonds and
raro jowols oí outstanding quality. Tno
jowollors oí onoioo among looal and íoroign
dignitarios, royalty and sopnistioatod
sooialitos in Singaporo, Malaysia and
índonosia, Mondial nas ovon attraotod
oliontolo írom as íar a íiold as Pussia, UK
Mondial takos groat prido in boing a
pionoor and loador in rotailing oí nign
quality, triplo oxoollont diamonds oortiíiod
by Gommologioal ínstituto oí Amorioa (GíA)
diamonds, tnus providing ooníidonoo and
assuranoo oí quality to olionts.
As boíits ono oí Singaporo's promior
jowollors, Mondial oííors unsurpassod
sorvioo and an uníorgottablo rotail
oxporionoo. From tno momont you ontor tno
doors oí Mondial's Singaporo snowroom at
Takasnimaya Snopping Contro, tno luxury
and ologanoo oí its boutiquo is oaptivating.
Tno modorn intorior is grand and spaoious,
providing tno poríoot baokdrop to
snowoaso oxquisito diamonds and otnor
raro and prooious stonos.
Tno Lignt oí MondialTM Collootion is
undoubtodly tno star oí tno snow. Caroíully
sourood diroot írom tno minos, it is a sorios
oí oxooptional oolourloss diamonds witn
top oolour rating oí D, and ílawloss to
intornally ílawloss olarity. Only diamonds oí
at loast 0.5 Carats aro solootod, witn a largo
proportion oí tnom botwoon 1 and 5 Carats.
Tnoso stonos aro out and polisnod to
poríootion íor maximum disporsion oí lignt,
onsuring tno utmost boauty and sointillating
brillianoo. Availablo in sovon boautiíul
snapos, tnoso diamonds oomo witn tnoir
own uniquo sorial numbor, wnion is lasor-
insoribod on tno girdlo oí oaon stono.
Tno Mondial Exoollont CutTM diamonds
aro a mark oí quality and oxooptional
oraítsmansnip. Cortiíiod "Triplo Exoollont"
by GíA, ovory diamond is always awardod
Exoollont grado íor Cut, Polisn and
Symmotry. Only diamonds witnin a oolour
rating oí D to G and olarity oí Flawloss to
vvS2 qualiíy. Essontially, tnoso diamonds
aro oolourloss and ílawloss to tno nakod
oyo, as only oxporionood jowollors witn a
miorosoopo will notioo any imporíootions.
Fanoy oolour diamonds aro in voguo,
mado íasnionablo rooontly by íamous
movio stars and oolobritios. Bo it intonso
pink, yollow or bluo, Mondial oarrios an
oxolusivo rango oí tnoso íanoy oolour
diamonds. Espooially popular in Mondial's
invontivo jowollory dosigns, tno íanoy
oolour diamonds aro oíton oombinod witn
diamonds and otnor goms to produoo
oolouríul and stunning nooklaoos, rings,
brooonos and otnor jowollory.
Tno PoinottoTM sorios is a oollootion oí
ribbon-tnomod diamond jowollory inspirod
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by tno boautiíul and onigmatio Madamo
do Pompadour. Sno was nioknamod
"Poinotto", moaning "Littlo Quoon" and
was a ooníidanto and íriond oí King Louis
Xv in 18tn Contury Franoo. Tno dazzling
Poinotto was always adornod witn ribbons
and bows. Hor opulont aooossorios íormod
tno inspiration íor Mondial to oroato tno
PoinottoTM sorios, bringing to oustomors
tno splondour and romantioism oí tno ora.
íí diamonds aro not your íavourito,
prooious stonos suon as omoralds, rubios
and sappniros aro also availablo. You oan
íind a largo and luxurious Soutn-Soa Poarl
oollootion in various oolours írom snow-
wnito to poaoook groon or royal gold.
Wnotnor it is a giít to oolobrato or
oommomorato, you will íind a brilliant gom
íor any oooasion at Mondial.
Tol: (65) 6734 2034
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When a deep knowledge and understand-
ing of gems is combined with impeccable
taste and exquisite workmanship, the re-
sult is beautiful pieces of jewellery that
simply cannot be found anywhere else.
This is how La Putri, a haute designer
and retailer of ﬁne jewellery, has made a
name for itself as a destination for sophis-
ticated women who want their jewellery to
be as special and individual as they are.
In-house GIA graduate gemologists scour
the globe to hand-pick precious stones to add
to the La Putri collection, selecting only the
ﬁnest and most unique gems. These gems are
transformed through designs speciﬁcally created
to enhance and bring out the best in each gem.
The La Putri collection includes classic pre-
cious colour stones such as blood red rubies
and sparkling sapphires, magniﬁcent pearls,
sensuous jadeite and the perennial favourite,
diamonds. Its collection also has pieces that
use rare gems such as natural spinel, a pre-
cious stone that comes in many hues. Other
prized collection pieces include Padparascha
sapphires, natural colour-change alexandrites
and Keshi South Sea pearls. Each piece in
the La Putri collection bears a distinguishing
characteristic, such as an unusual hue, size or
shape. The correct balance of aesthetics and
intrinsic value are key criteria for selection.
With such a wide array of dazzling pieces,
La Putri is undoubtedly a jewellery lover’s
treasure trove. Whether one is looking for a
modest gift to give away, something intimate to
mark a special occasion, or simply as a self-
reward, La Putri has the appropriate offering.
And for those who prefer to commission a
custom-designed piece, the journey can begin
at La Putri with the selection of that special gem,
selected from the boutique’s collection of loose
stones. Through discussions with La Putri’s
specialist designers, design concepts can be
tailor-made to reﬂect the individual’s personality
and embody the individual’s vision.
La Putri is also happy to assist in rejuve-
nating or re-designing existing pieces.
La Putri has a distinguished history of
more than 35 years and the brand is now
synonymous with quality and tradition. Not
surprisingly then, La Putri’s exclusive clientele
includes royalty, foreign dignitaries as well
as many esteemed members of high soci-
ety in Malaysia, Singapore and beyond.
In Malaysia, the atelier showcases its ﬁnery
at Star Hill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. In Singapore,
the boutique is currently located at #09-09 Ngee
Ann City Tower A. With the rising proﬁle of the
La Putri brand, this boutique will re-locate to
the soon-to-be opened Mandarin Gallery. The
targeted opening date is August 2009. In 2009
until the boutique is opened at the Mandarin
Gallery, La Putri will be available for viewing
by appointment (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tel: (65) 6733 3345
Exquisite Jewellery For Women Of Impeccable Taste
La Putri presents uniquely designed pieces using the ﬁnest gems for discerning jewellery connoisseurs.
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Too often, shopping in Singapore means
stepping into a generic mall to see the same
old brands being sold in the same old shops.
Sometimes it seems that the main appeal
of these places is the air-conditioning.
However, go to any other major metropo-
lis in Asia and you’ll ﬁnd that the thrill isn’t
about going to a shopping mall there. The
real Asian shopping experience is stepping
into a cacophonous, crowded place, lurch-
ing from shop to shop to browse through
racks of clothes or piles of t-shirts in search
of the ideal t-shirt (or bag, or pair of shoes).
That is exactly what Bugis Street offers.
With 70,000 sq ft of retail space, Bugis Street
is probably Singapore’s largest street shop-
ping venue. It is certainly Singapore’s most
authentic shopping venue. Nowhere else in
Singapore will you get the feel of traditional Asia
that you can get in Bugis Street. It is a warren
of shops that seems to go on without end.
That’s because Bugis Street has some 600
retail shops offering a wide array of goods jam-
packed into the area. At Bugis Street, you can
ﬁnd trendy streetwear, cool handbags, fashion-
able shoes, fun watches, kitschy souvenirs and
unique locally-designed products. The shops
appear to be thrown together higgledy-piggledy,
which is part of its charm. It is the polar op-
posite of Singapore’s antiseptic shopping
malls that seem to be clones of each other.
And as part of the authentic shopping
experience, many of the prices in Bugis Street
are negotiable. Time to brush up on your
bargaining skills and join in the fun of good-
natured haggling. Bugis Street is open from
11am to 10pm everyday so there is plenty
of time to shop to your heart’s content.
The atmosphere of Bugis Street is enhanced
by the adventurous architecture of this excit-
ing landmark. The high roofs allow natural light
onto the space below, giving the place a bright
and inviting atmosphere. Aggressive cooling
and lighting systems were also developed to
ensure that shoppers enjoyed a street shopping
experience in a cool and pleasant environment.
Bugis Street is an Asian street shopping venue that brims with youthful energy.
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The atmosphere is complemented by the many
food offerings in Bugis Street. Pick up a tradi-
tional snack as you wander through the street or
head for the coffeeshop for more substantial but
inexpensive local fare. If you have a hankering for
Hong Kong cuisine, you’re in luck because there’s
a Hong Kong Café that serves Cantonese cuisine
as well. And just before you go back home or to
the hotel, stop by the many fruit shops on the
outside of Bugis Street to pick up fresh tropical
fruits from the friendly fruit vendors located there.
Conveniently located opposite Bugis Junc-
tion and just next to Bugis MRT station, Bugis
Street is a unique shopping destination that
appeals to Singaporeans and tourists alike. If
you’re tired of cookie cutter shopping malls
and you’re looking for a place brimming with
youthful energy, one that recalls the great street
shopping destinations of Asia like Chatuchak in
Bangkok, then Bugis Street is the place to be.
Tel: (65) 6338 9513
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DESIGN & INTERIORS
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Singapore boasts of excellent choices when it comes to interior furnishings
and furniture whether be it modern contemporary or baroque. It complements
the highly talented pool of interior designers such as The Plush who are
dedicated in making each project unique and extraordinary.
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Dosign is as indivdual as tno tastos it oators
to. Wo all navo diííoront idoas about wnat
makos good dosign and now wo want our
nomos, businossos and sooial spaoos to look
Wnilo ovoryono nas tnoir own idoas,
turning tnoso into a oonoront mossago and
narmonious living spaoo is a prooious skill tnat
roquiros spooial pooplo to roaliso.
Walt Disnoy onoo said: "You oan droam,
oroato, dosign and build tno most wondoríul
mako tno droam a roality." Singaporo is a
small oountry oí just íour million pooplo yot
artists aro abundant and growing in numbor
as tno oroativo industrios roally tako oíí.
Tno íiold oí intorior dosign is ono tnat
snows groat invontion and dodioation noro
in Singaporo, boostod and supportod by tno
íntorior Dosign Coníodoration (Singaporo) and
tno DosignSingaporo Counoil.
íDCS is a non-proíit organisation íirst
morgor oí tno íntorior Dosignors Assooiation
and tno Sooioty oí íntorior Dosignors
(Singaporo). Tno ooro mombors aro individual
dosignors qualiíiod to provido intorior dosign
and rolatod sorvioos.
Tno Coníodoration also assists and advisos
pooplo working in aroas suon as aronitooturo,
onginooring, building and oonstruotion, and
work olosoly witn govornmont dopartmonts
suon as DosignSingaporo Counoil.
DosignSingaporo aims to plaoo Singaporo
on tno world map íor dosign oroativity, wnilo
also bringing dosign to businoss boardrooms
and now audionoos and markots.
Sot up in 2003 by tno Ministry oí
íníormation, Communioations and tno Arts,
DosignSingaporo is tno national agonoy íor
tno promotion and dovolopmont oí Singaporo
Witn suon baoking, it's no surpriso to soo
Singaporo dosignors and dosign nousos
oausing a stir around tno world. To bring joy
and porsonality into your liío, a littlo invontion
oouplod witn a largo doso oí dosign skill is
Wnotnor it's buying tno rignt íurnituro or
oroating your porsonal idoa oí a noavonly
nomo írom soraton, Singaporo's intoriors
oxports navo tno solutions.
Tno íiold oí intorior dosign is ono tnat snows
groat invontion and dodioation noro in
Singaporo, boostod and supportod by tno
íntorior Dosign Coníodoration (Singaporo)
DESIGN & INTERIORS
plaoo in tno world, but it roquiros pooplo to
rogistorod in 2003. íDCS ovolvod írom tno
and tno DosignSingaporo Council.
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DESIGN & INTERIORS
Passion is the most precious commodity on earth.
Without passion, there is no desire, no feeling. And
nowhere is passion more important than in the
Passion is a keyword at interior design house The
Plush and permeates their work with grace and taste.
Design Director Evelina Hu’s eyes light up when
she starts to talk about her work. Even small details
like the sourcing of a certain hue of ﬁne Italian marble
bring a sparkle to her eye that is infectious.
No wonder so many of her clients keep coming back
“95% of our new business comes from
recommendation,” says Hu proudly. “We also have a
lot of repeat clients. Some of them even ﬂy our team
to another country to do the design for them, with
one very happy client letting us do six of his houses”.
We all know that people can be very precious
about their homes and are aware of the fact that
a tastefully furnished abode can be a reﬂection of
your own personality. Bearing that in mind, is it a
challenge balancing the client’s expectations with the
desire to create a masterful design?
“Experienced professional designers would know
the design process which will make things much
smoother for both the client and the designer.
Practicality must be the ﬁrst thing to be discussed,
followed by the design theme the client desires A
Bespoke Design Solutions For Life
For the discerning client, design collective The Plush provides the passion and ﬂair to make
your home, ofﬁce or business premises truly unique
successful project reﬂects not only the best
standard and quality, but always incorporates the
client’s tastes and lifestyle,” says Hu.
“We love working on different styles and trying new
things – whether that be utilising a new material or
even accommodating a completely different lifestyle. ”
It’s not just homes where The Plush excels. Clients
also expect the very highest standards for their
ofﬁces, retail outlets and restaurants. Turn to The
Plush for that polished shine of success.
The Plush collective offers a personalised, unique
interior design service to discerning clients who
demand the extra yard. The dedicated creative team
source only the best materials and solutions from
around the world, drawing in talented artisans and
artists to add the extra touches that make all the
difference and also make each home design unique.
With projects not just in Singapore but also in
Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Philippines,
Taiwan and across Mainland China, The Plush has a
growing and enviable portfolio. Their commitment to
quality, being able to adapt and interpret their clients
and that all-important passion is what makes The
Plush truly special.
Tel: (65) 6220 4535
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Left Main: Entertainment Room
Above: Dining Area
Below Left: Corridor
Below Right: Kitchen
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Your home is your sanctuary. It is where you
unwind, relax and restore your soul, and prepare
for your day. And this is why it is imperative
to ﬁll it with things of beauty, each destined
to be a joy forever. The furniture in your home
expresses who you are while creating the set-
ting that you choose for yourself and for the
people you care about. Pieces that are as much
about form as they are about function – this is
what can be found at ModLiving, a comprehen-
sive multi-label furniture shop in Singapore.
ModLiving’s collection exudes contemporary
simplicity and versatility in updated and stylish
furniture and accessories. Bringing together the
best from Europe, ModLiving provides everything
you need for practically every room in your home,
from your living and dining room to your kitchen
and home ofﬁce, as well as your bathroom,
wardrobe, and outdoor spaces. With its clean,
elegant lines, this range of furniture is understated
This innovative multi-label furniture and home accessories shop gathers together unique and
exceptional pieces from some of the very best names in Europe, offering its customers a collection
of pieces both classic and trendy.
Contemporary Pieces For Contemporary Lifestyles
DESIGN & INTERIORS
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and modern, ranging from avant-garde to
urban chic. They set the mood in any space,
presentable enough to impress dinner guests,
yet comfortable enough to relax and unwind in.
Only ModLiving brings to Singapore such
well-known brands as Moroso, Nube, Em-
memobili, Arﬂex, Seven Salotti, Salvarani,
FEG, Some, Globe, Zero 4 and Fontana Arte.
What’s more, ModLiving’s in-house stylists
and consultants are on hand to help you sort
through their extensive collection and help you
make decisions about your home, based on
your lifestyle and what your space requires.
Aside from individual home needs, the Con-
tracts Division of ModLiving also specialises in
commercial, hospitality, institution and residen-
tial projects. Their staff of professionals work
exclusively with contract manufacturers from
Europe, United States and Asia so as to provide
customers with an extensive range of products
at different price ranges and design styles,
while responding to the needs and demands of
their clients. Its exclusive brands include Parri,
Costantini Pietro, Fasem, Frag, Paco Cap-
deil, Plank, Oken, ICF, Miodino and Tecmo.
Not only does ModLiving bring its de-
signer furniture and accessories to custom-
ers in Singapore, its styling service also
helps them achieve whatever look is de-
sired, whether it is in a private residence
or a commercial or industrial projects.
Their work includes a number of luxury
condominium show ﬂats like Newton Suites,
Pan Paciﬁc Serviced Suites, Singapore and
Tan Chin Tuan Mansion@Cairnhill. Their other
commercial projects include serviced apart-
ments, clubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels,
ofﬁces, airports and school auditoriums.
Recently completed projects include Changi
Airport Terminal 3, Crown Plaza Hotel@
Terminal 3 and SIA’s Silver Kris Lounge.
Their experience in the business demon-
strates precisely how ModLiving pays attention
to details. Their stylists start by conducting a
survey analysis and space planning. They also
manage projects and maintain cost controls
while scheduling and coordinating with other
consultants on a any given project. Execution
in projects is key and ModLiving goes from
conceptualizing rooms to making them a reality.
With a wealth of experience and a solid
reputation for sophisticated design, ModLiv-
ing has earned its reputation as more than a
furniture store. It’s a one-stop shop with a vi-
sion. With its collection of unsurpassed quality,
it’s no wonder ModLiving is synonymous with
those who are meticulous about details and a
ﬁnished project that’s not only stylish, comfort-
able, it makes that exceptional statement in an
Tel: (65) 6336 2286
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DESIGN & INTERIORS
Livo ín Tno Magioal World Oí Moroni
íí you aro looking to transíorm your nomo into a statomont and oolobrato your suoooss,
mako your way to Moroni íor tno íinost íurnituro diroot írom tno world's Mastor Craítsmon
Dosign droams oomo truo at Moroni, a plaoo
wnoro suooossíul individuals oan oroato tnoir
Moroni Furnituro (S) Pto Ltd is tno loading
distributor oí baroquo, noo-olassio, art-dooo and
oontomporary íurnituro in Singaporo. Nownoro
olso will you íind a íinor oollootion oí oaroíully
solootod and importod íurnituro and íurnisnings
írom only tno bost manuíaoturors in Europo and
around tno world.
Eaon piooo is a work oí art and nas boon
individually nandoraítod to tno nignost standards,
moaning tnat oaon piooo is not only uniquo but
also top oí its olass. As woll as boing produood
by tno most giítod nands, matorials aro just as
important and again tnoso aro tno íinost tnat
monoy oan buy.
ín many ways, Moroni oííors a glimpso baok
to a grandor ago wnoro oraítsmansnip was moro
approoiatod and prizod by moro disoorning
minds wno domandod to bo surroundod by only
tno vory íinost itoms.
Artisans would prido tnomsolvos on tnoir
work íit íor nobility and royalty, painstakingly
produoing bospoko itoms oí tno nignost ordor. YOUR DREAM HOME COMES TRUE
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Opposito pago: An aostnotio volaro soía tnat givos you a wondoríul visual and oxolusivo íool and touon. Mado in Gormany. Abovo: vonus dining sot mado in Oak and Goldloaí.
Dosignod by Paoo Martino. Mado in Spain. Bolow: Elogant Baroquo vonoro bod sot, nandoraítod and doooratod witn goldloaí. Mado in ítaly.
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Sadly, tno modorn world is moro disposablo and íioklo, but
Moroni oontinuos to onampion tnoso Mastor Craítsmon. Moro
tnan moroly a íurnituro storo, Moroni is a bastion oí good tasto
and dosign prinoiplos.
Tno snoor rango oí works is unliko anytning you will soo in
Singaporo and in íow plaoos around tno world. From proud
baroquo to olassio art-dooo, all aoquirod tastos aro oatorod íor
undor ono rooí. Tno oompany nad to movo to now promisos
rooontly to oopo witn tno surgo in domand írom olionts around
Tno oxporionood salos and support toam aro dodioatod to
total oustomor satisíaotion, approoiating tno individual's tasto,
stylo and ologanoo. Evory motioulous dotail and spooiíioation
is attondod to, írom tno limitod odition piooos availablo to
oustomisod itoms. To aoniovo your droam nomo and roaliso your
vision, spoak to tno oxports at Moroni.
Tno sorvioo doos not stop at oxquisito íurnituro. Tno salos toam
oan also oonduot spaoo planning, oustomisod dosigns, global
on-timo dolivory and intorior dosign.
Tol: (65) 6336 8230
DESIGN & INTERIORS
Abovo: Uniquo and oxolusivo orystal stonos living sot. Mado in ítaly.
Loít: Tno Triumpn oí vonus witn World Limitod Edition oí 1,500 piooos only. Mado in ítaly by
Bolow: Exquisito Strass Toak orystal onandolior.
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Abovo: Tno Badminton Cabinot. A symbol íor opulonoo. Mado in ítaly.
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MERONI FURNITURE(S) PTE LTD
6, Rafﬂes Boulevard, #03-308/339/340, Marina Square, Singapore 039594 tel +65 6336 8230 fax +65 6338 0713 email email@example.com website www.meroni.com.sg
THE GRAPE HARVEST
Created in 1981 by Luciano Cazzola
is a typical happy scene depicting wine making
until 30 to 40 years ago in Italy which has now
been beautifully preserved in porcelain.
The entire family is seen gathering together
picking and squashing grapes and putting them in
the big vat where after one or two weeks
the juice is put in the barrels. The grandmother is
seen bringing out the food but whilst crossing
the courtyard bumps into a cheat
who is running after chickens and rabbits.
500 of these limited pieces have been sold worldwide
and currently Meroni exclusively owns 498/500 & 499/500.
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Spas & Boauty
SPAS & BEAUTY
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Singapore has quickly become one of the regions favourite Spa
Destinations and easily rivals the world’s best. The Estheva Spa offers
relaxing and rejuvenating experiences that are simply unforgettable.
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SPAS & BEAUTY
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A decade ago, the spa phenomena was
virtually unheard of in Singapore but like
so many successful industries on the
island, things have changed dramatically
in a short space of time.
Visiting a spa has become less of a
luxury while becoming more luxurious.
There is a superb selection of spas with
the very best offering unique treatments
in stunning surroundings.
Retreating to a spa in Singapore
has become a gourmet treat as day
spas serve up Uniquely Singaporean
treatments such as ginger baths,
chilli scrubs, curry wraps and even
our very own Singapore Flower Ritual
at Singapore’s ﬁrst garden spa, Spa
Singapore’s efforts to position itself
as Asia’s preferred spa destination has
created a booming spa industry. Variety
and pure indulgence are guaranteed at
day spas, niche spas and luxury spas
alike found on virtually any street and
Along busy Orchard Road, Estheva
Spa at chic Palais Renaissance is a
top-notch day spa that caters mainly to
women but also offers some tantalising
treatments for couples.
Spa Botanica, perhaps the most
famous of all, offers Traditional Chinese
Medicine treatments as well as yoga and
pilates sessions to promote overall well
Singapore is also earning a reputation
as a medical spa destination. Established
to complement Singapore’s position as
a sophisticated medical hub, medical
spas are managed by qualiﬁed doctors
and healthcare professionals who can
tailor a combination of surgical and
cosmetic procedures to help clients
achieve maximum results. Their draw lies
in providing a Ritz-like experience and a
team of specialists who take care of your
There is a superb selection of spas with the very best offering unique
treatments in stunning surroundings.
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Spa Botanica, set in the lush grounds of The
Sentosa Resort & Spa on Sentosa island is
Singapore’s ﬁrst tropical garden destination
spa. Constantly ranked among the best
destination spas in the world, Spa Botanica is
a haven for luxurious indulgence.
From a tropical garden setting to a
carefully choreographed menu of signature
treatments to the dedicated service delivery,
Spa Botanica offers a unique experience that
allows the guests to connect with themselves
and embrace nature.
Spa Botanica promises a blend of indoor
pampering or treatments outdoors. By
harnessing the very best in spa ingredients
and blending it with a lush environment, you
can look forward to soothing treatments from
the region’s top spa therapists.
Before treatments even begin, guests are
encouraged to enjoy the spa gardens with the
cascading waterfalls, ﬂoatation pools and lap
pool. Opt for volcanic mud to be applied to
the body to cleanse, nourish and moisturise
the skin. Then de-stress and reconnect with
nature in the meditation labyrinth. This pre-
treatment ritual increases the therapeutic
effect of the treatment to follow. In fact, for
most visitors possibly the most stressful part
of their visit is deciding which treatment to
Designed for ultimate relaxation, the
signature packages are best enjoyed when
time is of no object. Guest can make optimum
use of the spa’s facilities and garden grounds.
Our spa’s highly-recommended signature
treatment is the Five Elements Cleanse
and Purifying Ritual. The detoxifying body
treatment comprises Tibetan and Traditional
Chinese medicine origins with ginseng and
lotus blossom. It begins by cleansing the
body with natural watercress body cleansing
milk. A detoxifying massage with warm
Tibetan oil and healing clay enhances the
elimination of body toxins. The next step is a
healing clay wrap rich in natural salts which
deeply nourishes the skin. Finally, a herbal
bath and refreshing body moisturising session
prepares the guest for a revitalising journey to
The three-hour Tropical Glow treatment
is an established favourite. The blend of
indigenous tropical fruits, ﬂowers and spices
smoothens the skin and creates a truly natural
botanical experience. It includes a rhythmic
massage for a natural skin workout followed
by a refreshing shower. The result? Radiant
healthy glowing skin! As with many of the
treatments available, this too can be enjoyed
by either individuals or couples.
For guests with the luxury of time, the
Botanical Refresh is an ultimate indulgence.
The total experience is one that revitalises,
relaxes and refreshes one’s senses with
specialised aromatherapy treatments. A Vichy
hydrotherapy treatment is offered with an
aromatic Body Booster and an aromatherapy
massage. After a light lunch, an aromatherapy
facial and a spa pedicure treatment will round
up the day leaving the guest feeling fully
Nestled next to Spa Botanica, an all-new
restaurant, The Garden delivers a destination
dining experience termed Conscious Dining.
Serving a wholesome contemporary cuisine
in an idyllic respite, the chef uses specially-
sourced organic or bio-dynamic ingredients.
Moving into the wellness arena and
complementing Spa Botanica is Seven
Eden Wellness Centre, it encompasses a
lifestyle gymnasium with top-of-the-range
ﬁtness equipment, Zest Café and Zest
Studio. Offering Traditional Chinese Medicine
and anti-aging consultations, it is a holistic
wellness retreat to reinvigorate the body, soul
As a testimony to Spa Botanica’s premium
services, multiple awards have poured in. The
most recent ones being Conde Nast Traveller
UK Readers’ Spa Awards 2008 – Top Ten Day
Spas – Overseas (Sixth in ranking) and winner
of the 22nd Tourism Awards 2008 Best Spa
Experience and Best Tourism Host – Spa and
SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards 2008 –
Favourite Spa in Singapore.
Tel: (65) 6371 1318 / 1288
Spa Botanica Brings You Back To Nature
The stunning, award-winning garden destination spa is a haven in
the urban jungle and a ﬁrm favourite for ultimate relaxation
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The name ‘ESTHEVA’, certainly creates exotic
connotations, but it has a simple, yet luxuriant
meaning: “A place where life is always a
beautiful and rejuvenating experience.
The kind of experience derived only from a
balance of mind, body and spirit.” To this you
could add “a touch of opulent pampering and
Into its twelfth year, ESTHEVA is inspired
by the natural thermal spas in Southern Italy,
and continues to employ this ancient art of
enhancing beauty and wellness to its guests
within conducive surroundings.
The premier Esthetics Day Spa in this
country has consecutively for four years been
voted ‘Top Day Spa’ on The Best of Singapore
in Singapore Tatler and other numerous
ESTHEVA is built on a philosophy that
continuously seeks to provide its clients with
the highest level of service and the ﬁnest “in”
treatments and products. This comes from
its close association with some of the leading
European brands in this industry.
Upon entering the soothing conﬁnes
of the spa the guest is embraced in an
ambience of calm tranquility much of which
is due to the soft pastels and fresh blossoms
used in the décor. With lavishly furnished
over-sized treatment rooms guided by Feng
Shui principles for the ultimate in luxurious
pampering, ESTHEVA has created an elegant
oasis in the heart of bustling Orchard Road for
ladies and loving couples to revel in beauty,
massage and spa therapies.
It is ESTHEVA’s collection of treatments
which continue to remain the main draw for its
repeat and new clients, which include a list of
celebrities and society’s Who’s Who from with
the island-nation and beyond its shores.
Then it is no wonder that its most popular
item is the Celebrity Peel©, a truly state-of-
the-art treatment to reduce the number of
years on the client’s face. It was inspired by
a technique much revered by celebrities in
Hollywood and in Singapore has a regular
female client following from as far as New
Another much-in-demand treatment is the
Ultimate Scrub Package, which includes an
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exotic Personalised Scrub (with 12 different
scrubs to choose from), an invigorating
HydroBath (tailored according to your body
type) and a revitalising Body Massage. This
package offers the guest the option of being
able to indulge in each of the 12 different
scrubs, once a month during the year.
The comprehensive range of spa
treatments includes 128 body treatments
and 18 exclusive luxurious facials. Some of
the other highly popular treatments are the
Sparomatic Detox Package, Ice Tonic Express
Treatment (for Slimming), OxyAromatic
Seaweed Wrap, Swiss Very Whitening
Treatment, Sparomatic Mineral Mask with
Face-Gym© Massage, and Ultimate Eye Face
Chest with Marine DNA and Vitamins A, C &E.
ESTHEVA believes in constantly
developing new and highly unique signature
and world-class treatments that are popular
not just with its wide range of discerning
clients, but among its overseas guests who
are aware that they cannot get many of the
treatments in their own countries.
This full-ﬂedged day spa added a new
dimension recently to coincide with the
world’s ﬁrst Formula 1 (F1) Night Race 2008
held in Singapore in September. The advent
of the ladies’ Spa Nights includes a range
of spa packages and ESTHEVA found itself
featured as a highly-recommended top spa
on Singapore Grand Prix’s ofﬁcial website.
As another ﬁrst in Singapore, ESTHEVA
Spa offers Spa Parties exclusively for ladies
to celebrate special occasions with their
friends or loved ones. Targeted at groups of
ﬁve or six within a private area, the Spa Party
comprises the services of a personalised
“butler” with therapist in attendance, exquisite
spa refreshments, use of AromaSteam and
Retreat Space and exclusive spa treatments
specially customised for the guests.
ESTHEVA’s ﬂagship property at Palais
Renaissance (which was ofﬁcially opened
on 1 July 2000 by His Excellency Mr. R
Loretan, The Ambassador of Switzerland), has
helped raise the bar for the local spa industry
to greater heights in Singapore, and the
management aims to continuing to do so.
Now in its 12th year, ESTHEVA is also
known by its overseas clientele, given the
recent publicity it has garnered in popular
magazines and on TV channels in South
Korea, Japan, India and Shanghai. One of
its signature treatments, Choc De-Ager©, an
indulging and anti-aging treatments using
chocolate, was featured in upmarket lifestyle
magazines in Mumbai and New Delhi, as part
of Singapore’s campaign to draw in afﬂuent
Indian travellers. That is the kind of standing
ESTHEVA has managed to achieve as one
of the leading pioneers in the spa industry in
ESTHEVA is highly valued by its
clients and business partners, both for its
professionalism and commitment to service
excellence. Our clientele includes celebrities,
socialites, professionals and those who seek
a beautiful and balanced lifestyle.
Tel: 65 6733 9300
Winners of the Singapore Tourism Board’s “Best Spa Experience” in
2006 and a ﬁnalists again in 2007, Aramsa offers a unique garden
spa experience not found elsewhere in Singapore. The architectural
design by local design ﬁrm Formwerkz has also been awarded with
numerous awards and accolades including the SIA Architectural
Aramsa-The Garden Spa stays true to its name having an all-
natural concept in a secluded haven that boasts earthy décor and
glorious gardens with an incredible 22,000 plants from 200 species.
There is simply no escaping the ‘at one with nature’ feel, from the
reception to the treatment rooms to the alfresco dining at the Green
Room Café and Canopy Garden Dining bistro. Pebble paths lined with
scented herb gardens lead to 17 separate treatment suites including
couple suites, a hydrotherapy suite and a Vichy shower suite, all of
which replicate the outdoor garden feel complete with outdoor rain
showers and sunken garden baths. Further meandering paths lead to
other nature-inspired facilities that focus on enhancing wellness.
Aramsa’s exclusively created products tap into the curative
powers of nature using botanical extracts and herbs as well as
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While many spa retreats claims nature as its inspiration, few can maintain the total
incorporation of nature into its facilities. The award-winning Aramsa ~ The Garden Spa
can. Billed as Asia’s ﬁrst outdoor spa in a park, Aramsa ~ The Garden Spa is set in
the lush botanical beauty of Bishan Park II. From its luxuriant surroundings and nature-
based treatments to its garden facilities and botanical ingredients, Aramsa is the perfect
destination for relaxation & rejuvenation in Singapore; a haven tucked away from the
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nutritive ingredients including coconut, lemongrass, marine mud and
seaweed. A combination of traditional Asian and Western massage
techniques are used to relax and soothe the body, mind and soul.
One of their signature garden packages is the “Tropical Java
Lulur” which begins with a rice and turmeric scrub before a
nourishing yoghurt mask followed by their Aramsa Touch Massage
and then completed with a ﬂoral garden bath.Their signature Aramsa
Touch massage is a fusion of Eastern meridian and Western massage
techniques which focuses on complete relaxation.
The multitude of massages offered at Aramsa Spa uses a
combination of techniques including acupressure, Swedish, Thai,
traditional Chinese and rhythmic Hawaiian massage, all of which will
leave you wonderfully relaxed and recharged. Other spa therapies
includes body scrubs, ear candling, water treatments and body
wraps. To complete your spa experience, an outdoor shower or a
soothing garden bath is the ultimate in solitary water reﬁnement. To
compliment the spa’s philosophy of encompassing nature with natural
living there are several healthy dining and recreational options which
truly makes Aramsa Spa a one-stop wellness experience.
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The Spa’s Pilates studio “PowerMoves”, specialises in helping to
enhance ﬂexibility and coordination and build strength. The Green
Room Café is vegetarian dining at its best. Catering to all strict health
aﬁcionados, this vegetarian café uses quality, fresh ingredients in
delicious (but guilt-free) dishes, served either indoors or alfresco
among the gardens. Health drinks ranging from herbal teas
to smoothies to power juices have been specially created to
complement the Aramsa lifestyle and provide preventative health
beneﬁts. For meat lovers and those desiring richer dishes, hit the
stylish Canopy Garden Dining bistro. The mouth watering menu is
ideal for a meal on balmy evenings. There is a certain quirkiness
about the menu that draws on diverse culinary inﬂuences from various
If that isn’t enough to tempt your taste buds, Canopy recently
launched an outdoor bar complete with an alfresco lounge area.
Opened in the evenings, Canopy bar serves quality wines, wine
cocktails, spirits and beers alongside tempting tasters such as tapas
and mezze plates to help you unwind for the day.
Tel: (65) 6456 6556
1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
Bishan Park II S(569931)
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Whether a serious operation or cosmetic treatments, Singapore’s health care
system attracts foreign patients from around the world to tap on its world class
facilities and patient friendly approach.
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We have already seen that Singapore is a leading
destination for business and leisure. But much more than
that, it is also the medical hub of Asia, offering world-
class, affordable and safe healthcare.
With well-respected and highly-trained doctors,
internationally-accredited hospitals and clinics, global
reputation as a medical centre of excellence, it’s no
surprise that Singapore welcomes medical travellers
from around the world.
Singapore is a regional medical hub with many
foreign patients taking advantage of the country’s
superior facilities and expertise. A ﬂexible immigration
policy for those requiring medical treatment ensures they
receive the best possible care with peace of mind.
Singapore Medicine is a multi-agency government
initiative that was launched in October 2003 to develop
Singapore into one of Asia’s leading destinations for
healthcare services. The agencies involved are the
Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Tourism
Board (STB) and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore.
Every year, more than 400,000 international patients
visit Singapore for a range of healthcare services. STB
targets to attract one million foreign patients per year by
Whether their needs are basic or complex, patients
ﬁnd assurance in Singapore’s world-class healthcare
system which emphasizes safety and pushes
boundaries of excellence.
Singapore’s healthcare system was ranked as the
sixth best in the world and the best in Asia by the World
Health Organization in 2000.
Singapore’s Ministry of health maintains a transparent
healthcare system, publishing information and statistics
online. This transparency allows medical professionals
to respond effectively to ever-changing scenarios and
enables patients to make more informed decisions on
their treatment options.
Healthcare providers in Singapore are customer-
focused and most healthcare facilities in Singapore have
dedicated International Patient Service Centres to attend
to needs varying from airport transfers to the provision of
interpreters and after-care.
Indeed, Singapore’s leading healthcare providers
have facilities akin to ﬁve-star hotels. The combination of
a hospital’s rational and technical appeal and a hotel’s
emotional appeal is creating the ‘hospital’ of the future-
right now in Singapore
Cost is an important consideration for many
international patients, with treatment in Singapore costing
a fraction of what it does ‘back home’. Visitors from the
United States, for example, can enjoy state-of-the-art
treatment coupled with a welcome holiday and still have
money spare to spend in Singapore’s famous shopping
The combination of excellent infrastructure, skilled
medical professionals and latest technology has enabled
Singapore to remain at the cutting-edge of healthcare.
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”Singapore is a regional medical hub with
many foreign patients taking advantage of the
country’s superior facilities and expertise. A
ﬂexible immigration policy for those requiring
medical treatment ensures they receive the best
possible care with peace of mind.”
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Trusted Leader In Highly Specialised Medical Care
With the rapidly expanding developments in the landscape of medical treatment and technology, SingHealth,
Singapore’s largest most established medical and healthcare group consistently delivers specialised cutting
With three internationally accredited hospitals and
ﬁve national specialty centres under its wings,
SingHealth still remains the country’s largest and
most comprehensive medical and healthcare
group, providing facilities and services for holistic
and up-to-date inpatient and outpatient treatments.
It provides leading edge treatments in the ﬁelds
of stomach cancer, orthopaedic, eye and heart
surgeries, and neuroscience with strengths in
the ﬁelds of stem cell research and biomedical
research. In fact, many of its specialty centres are
singled out as being the pioneer in their various
ﬁelds in the region and even the world.
Its ﬂagship hospital, Singapore General Hospital
(SGH) has recently celebrated its 187th anniversary.
Headed by Prof. Ang Chong Lye, SGH is
Singapore’s largest acute tertiary hospital and
national referral centre. It provides state-of-the-art
facilities for its patient services with 29 clinical
specialties and acts as the national referral centre
of medical specialties such as Haematology,
Endocrinology, Geriatric Medicine, Dermatology
and Nuclear Medicine & PET (Positron Emission
Tomography). One of its latest offerings is the new
Khoo Teck Puat-NNI Integrated Neuroscience
Centre, a world’s ﬁrst that brings in the most
modern technology in complete cancer care,
otolaryngology, and orthopaedic surgery, allowing
surgeons to conduct more complicated procedures
in a shorter span of time.This enables the patient to
heal quicker and better.
Meanwhile, the KK Women’s and Children’s
Hospital (KKH) has the distinction of being the
only hospital in Singapore that caters speciﬁcally
to women’s and children’s health. With 150
years of service under its belt, KKH specialises
in neonatology, paediatrics, and obstetrics &
gynaecology. It has also recently opened a
one-stop Centre for Breast Conditions and the
Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport Services
(CHETS). As the ﬁrst hospital to be allowed to
use the FDA-approved digital computerised plate
mammography, combined with computer-aided
detection and analysis, the diagnosis of breast
edge solutions to one of life’s greatest mysteries: the ailments of the human body
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cancer in women below 50 years old has signiﬁcantly
improved. Furthermore, KKH also provides a
convenient one-stop “KK Minimally Invasive Surgery
(MIS) Centre”, for convenient diagnosis and treatment
of gynaecological conditions, such as the removal
of polyps, endometriosis, and selected ectopic
The newest SingHealth hospital, Changi General
Hospital (CGH), is located 10 minutes away from the
hustle and bustle of Changi International Airport.
Celebrating 12 years of service in the medical
industry, CGH is a growing hospital that specialises in
gastroenterology, sports medicine and rehabilitation
services, and male-related medical conditions such
as impotence and urinary incontinence. It also offers
an inclusive medical facility for international travellers,
and provides 24-hour Accident & Emergency (A&E)
The ﬁve specialty centres – National Cancer
Centre Singapore (NCCS), National Heart Centre
Singapore (NHCS), National Neuroscience Institute
(NNI), Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), and
National Dental Centre (NDC) – all provide outpatient
diagnosis and specialised treatments for speciﬁc
ailments. NCCS oversees over 50 per cent of all cancer
cases in Singapore, and provides cross-consultation
among the largest pool of oncologists in the country.
Meanwhile, NHCS specialises in cardiovascular
medicine and treatment, becoming the ﬁrst heart
centre in Asia to receive the Joint Commission
International (JCI) accreditation for quality patient
care. Similarly, NNI oversees all brain, spine,
nerve, and muscle ailments, providing surgical and
outpatient services across the board. SNEC, on the
other hand, focuses on maximising optical health
care and treatment, managing over 14,000 major eye
surgeries and 13,000 laser procedures each year.
And ﬁnally, NDC manages the full spectrum of simple
to complex dental treatments with over 91 dental
operatories and sees over 160,000 patients annually.
SingHealth’s services span the breadth and depth
of medical specialties and seek to bring together
doctors and surgeons, clinicians, nurses and
medical technicians in a vibrant, multidisciplinary
setting to create a one-stop, across-the-board
medical and healthcare organisation that brings
the best of medical science, technology and care
right to the doorstep of Singapore residents, both
local and foreign. As a testament to its success,
patients from overseas are also coming to seek
treatment for complex medical issues and to tap on
the leading edge solutions that the group is able to
offer. SingHealth doctors are even able to collaborate
with medical practitioners in other Southeast Asian
Ultimately, SingHealth’s teams of doctors,
researchers, and support staff strive as one to shape
not just a hearty and healthy nation, but extend
that goal beyond the borders of Singapore.
24 Hour Hotline: (65) 6326 5656
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Aesthetics Par Excellence
The Sloane Clinic is a pioneer, delivering the latest in non-invasive
treatments for people looking to enhance their appearance
The field of cosmetic and aesthetic services
has come a very long way so much so that
the city of Singapore has become recognised
as a regional hub for the finest, safest and
most advanced aesthetic treatments. Among
the vast number of aesthetic centres, The
Sloane Clinic, a medical aesthetic clinic which
started operations in 2003, has emerged as
one of the city’s premiere aesthetic centres
with the technology, staff and expertise
necessary for delivering the fullest range of
the most up-to-date non-invasive cosmetic
treatments. A medical clinic that addresses
the skin, face and body concerns, The
Sloane Clinic stays at the forefront of new
technologies using non-invasive cosmetic
dermatological techniques and the latest
FDA-approved lasers to help their customers
improve their appearance.
When Dr Low Chai Ling and Dr Lee Cheng
San teamed up to start The Sloane Clinic five
years ago, their goal was to deliver the very
best in customised treatments, quality and
service vis-à-vis the customers’ needs. Their
philosophy involves putting people before
profit. Whether the problem is adult acne,
wrinkles, or slimming, both Dr Low and Dr Lee
take part in periodic training programmes to
advance their skills so as to offer only the best
non-invasive cosmetic procedures for their
patients. They encourage their customers to
“throw away their personal notions of beauty
and ageing. If you think you know how a
30- year-old should look or how a 50-year-old
should age,” they say, “Think again… “
Innovation in aesthetics also continues to
be a primary focus. For instance, The Sloane
Clinic pioneered the use of the Fraxel Laser,
a technology that transforms and rejuvenates
skin, wholly minimising problems like scars,
enlarged pores, pigmentation, fine lines and
wrinkles. The doctors there were also the
first to introduce the PPx PhotoPneumatic
technology, which addresses and manages
adult acne, as well as the Mixto Micro
Resurfacing Treatment. The doctors at The
Sloane Clinic don’t offer invasive procedures
like liposuction or cosmetic surgery. Their
concept of perfecting appearance involves
the use of non-invasive treatment methods
as well as consistent use of technologically
advanced skin care innovations. In fact
The Sloane Clinic brought to Singapore the
Epicuren range as well as the very popular
Skin Inc range of cosmeceuticals.
Both doctors believe that wellness and
beauty are integrated entities which is why
The Sloane Clinic has a mandate to inspire
and educate people towards that. Aesthetic
treatments are not just short-term fixes for
physical issues but paths to wellness and
beauty, inside and out. Dr Low’s specialty
is in lasers and cosmetic formulation. But
as the author of In Full Bloom, a book on
looking good before, during and after
pregnancy, Dr Low has much to offer beyond
medical aesthetics. Like Dr Low, Dr Lee
is committed to training other doctors in
aesthetic disciplines. Both are also certified
as International Master Trainers for Restylane
treatments. Clearly the team behind The
Sloane Clinic is not just about superficial
aesthetics, as they volunteer their time for
worthy causes as well as provide medical
aesthetic treatments pro bono to those with
low income who are debilitatingly disfigured.
Those seeking to enhance and improve
their appearance should look no further than
The Sloane Clinic, which prioritises excellence
and service. As their very own doctors attest,
“You are only as old as you think you are, or
as plain as you let yourself be. This is the
place to go to free yourself from your limits of
Tel: (65) 6533 2522
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Growing old may be inevitable, but looking
old doesn’t have to be. Thanks to advances
in medical science, you can banish lines
and wrinkles and look younger.
NeuGlow The Aesthetics Doctors is one
of Singapore’s best-known practitioners
of aesthetic medicine in Singapore. Part of
the Healthway Medical Group, NeuGlow
has more than 10 years of experience in
NeuGlow is a full service aesthetic
practice that offers a wide range of treat
ments such as facial rejuvenation, acne
management, body contouring, laser hair
removal and cosmetic surgery.
For face and skin rejuvenation, NeuGlow
offers Botox injections, chemical peels,
dermal ﬁllers, gold thread skin rejuvenation,
Intense Pulsed Light, laser photorejuven-
ation, micro Botox, microdermabrasion,
radio frequency and threadlifts.
NeuGlow is one of the few select clinics in
Singapore that offers Plasma Skin Resurfacing
and Regeneration, a US Food and Drug
Administration approved procedure for treat-
ing acne scars, wrinkles and pigmentation.
To limit the damage caused by acne,
NeuGlow offers Blue Light Treatment
which helps control acne without use of
medication. It also offers in-house skin
care products to manage oily or acne-
For those interested in body contouring,
NeuGlow has a battery of surgical and non-
surgical options such as Vaser LipoSelection,
Radio Frequency slimming, prescription
weight control drugs as well as on-staff
nutritionists to draw up customised
Unsightly body hair is an annoying
problem that can now be treated safely
and effectively by lasers. NeuGlow has
a range of lasers for permanent hair reduction
from anywhere on the body and for most
skin tones. The procedure is almost
painless, they don’t use gels so they are
clean and neat, and the procedure is
over in minutes. After a few treatments,
hair growth becomes reduced and the
new hairs that grow are much ﬁner.
In addition to all this, NeuGlow also offers
laser services like mole and age-spot removal,
tattoo removal, hair loss management and
weight loss management.
And apart from standard aesthetic treat-
ments, NeuGlow also offers the service
NeuGlow offers safe and effective solutions to defy the ageing process
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of a plastic surgeon for surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty
(eye bag removal surgery and double eyelid surgery), breast aug-
mentation, chin augmentation, double eyelid surgery, face threadlift,
jaw augmentation and rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
NeuGlow has three locations — at Square 2 in Novena, OUB Centre,
and Chinatown Point — so getting a consultation or going for a pro-
cedure is very convenient.
With its wide array of procedures, skilled doctors and dedicated
nurses, NeuGlow is setting the standard for aesthetic medicine
Tel: (65) 8298 8000
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Hong Kong, Singaporo is ono oí tno
main íinanoial oontros in Asia. índood,
Singaporo nas a woll rogulatod
íinanoial sootor and is tno only Asian
oountry witn a AAA rating.
Aooording to tno Monotary Autnority
oí Singaporo (MAS), Singaporo's
íinanoial oontro oííors a broad rango
oí sorvioos inoluding banking,
insuranoo, invostmont banking and
MAS is tno oontral bank oí
Singaporo, witn a mission to promoto
sustainod, non-inílationary ooonomio
growtn, and a sound and progrossivo
MAS also says tnat invostors
aro attraotod by tno nign lovols
oí transparonoy and roliability in
businoss, ooonomio and rogulatory
aííairs in Singaporo. Tno stablo
politioal struoturo oortainly
nolps to roassuro invostors in
unoortain timos and in a part oí
tno world tnat oan at timos soom
Tnoro aro 114 banks oporating
in Singaporo, witn six íull looal
banks and DBS boing tno largost.
Oí tno 108 íoroign banks, 40 aro
oíísnoro banks, 42 aro wnolosalo
and 26 aro íoroign íull banks
Bank Oí índia.
Finanoial soourity is at tno
Singaporo is woll plaood to load
tno way to a brignt íuturo.
Singaporo nas an oxoollont banking systom
built on tno solid íoundations oí its Britisn
oolonial past. Singaporo nas a woll rogulatod
íinanoial sootor and is tno only Asian oountry
inoluding CitiBank, Standard
Cnartorod, HSBC, RBS and
íoroíront oí global oonoorn and
witn a AAA rating.
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Opposite page: Skyline of Rafﬂes Place at night –
Major Financial Institutions have made Singapore
their regional base
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Woloomo To Tno Family
Providond is an indopondont privato woaltn and invostmont
managomont íirm wnion oííors porsonal sorvioo and
attontion tnat is sooond to nono
A roourring sonso you got onoo you stop íoot
into tno Providond oííioos is ono oí íamily.
Somoono mignt bo baking oookios, wnilo
otnor mombors oí staíí mignt bo swapping
momorios oí tnoir latost wookond rotroat or
tno upooming gamos day. Cnildron may bo
playing nappily in tno kids oornor wnilo tnoir
paronts sort out tnoir íinanoial íuturos.
Tnis is a working otnos tnat nas boon
instillod sinoo tno oarly days oí tno oompany,
wnon it was íormod in 2001 by liko-mindod
individuals wno woro koon to snako-up tno
"Providond is vory muon liko a íamily, tnat is
tno way tnat wo position oursolvos. ít's not liko
going to a privato bank, it's liko gotting advioo
írom a íamily mombor," says CEO Cnris Tan.
Tnat íamily íool is all part oí tno Providond
diííoronoo - not just in wnat tnoy do but, moro
importantly, now tnoy do it.
"Wnon wo íirst startod, wo woro a small
oompany and wondorod now wo oould do
tnings diííorontly," rooalls Cnris.
"Wo rooognisod tnat tnoro woro probloms
witn tno woaltnoaro sootor - lots oí onoating,
pusning oí tno wrong produots, and not
onougn good advioo."
ít's nardly surprising tnat woaltn
managomont oompanios tond to pusn
produots, rigntly or wrongly, wnon tnoy aro
paid on a oommission basis. Providond,
tnougn, is diííoront, and tno only oompany
oí its kind in Singaporo tnat doos not onargo
oommission. Wnilo otnor woaltn managomont
oompanios oporato on a oommission or
oommission plus íoo basis, Providond oííors
advioo on a íoo-only basis.
Tnougn not an original oonoopt (tno íoo-
only modol oxists in maturo ooonomios liko
tno US), tno íoo-only stanoo was a surpriso
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to tno Singaporo markot, witn most industry
insidors saying tno oompany was inovitably
doomod to íailuro.
"Our motivation was tnat wo íirmly boliovod
tnat wo nad a bottor businoss modol, ovon
tnougn otnors in tno industry tnougnt wo
woro boing too 'idoalistio'. Tnoro is a sonso oí
prido in doing somotning rignt," says Cnris.
"Pooplo told us tnat tnoy likod tno way wo
did businoss and wo roalisod it was not just a
USP but a doopor mattor oí trust."
Trust, nonosty and roliability aro koywords
tnat aro noard all-too iníroquontly in tno
íinanoial sootor tnoso days, and Cnris
boliovos tnat Providond nas aotually
bonoíitod írom tnis. "Fivo yoars ago,
oustomors woro pornaps roluotant to pay a
íoo, but now tnat tno largo banks navo givon
so muon bad advioo, pooplo aro moro willing
to pay íor good advioo," no says.
Dospito tnoir many doubtors, Providond's
porsistonoo nas paid oíí and tnoir suoooss
is oloar to soo. Tnoro aro now 28 mombors
oí staíí, wno ourrontly manago in oxooss oí
$250 million, witn tno targot íor tno ond oí
2008 boing $500 million.
Tnoir oliont list now oonsists oí 700
'íamilios' tnat tnoy tako oaro oí.
And booauso Providond is privatoly ownod,
witn 80% oí tno oonsultants also boing
snaronoldors, you oan rost assurod tnat your
íuturo is in roliablo, íamiliar nands.
Wnotnor it's íor rotiromont planning,
invostmonts, insuranoo or oorporato sorvioos,
Providond nas your bost intorosts at noart.
Just liko a valuod and trustod mombor oí
your own íamily would.
Tol: (65) 6309 2488
"Our motivation was tnat wo íirmly boliovod tnat wo nad a bottor
businoss modol, ovon tnougn otnors in tno industry tnougnt wo woro
boing too 'idoalistio'. Tnoro is a sonso oí prido in doing somotning rignt."
Cnris Tan, Providond CEO
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A Quarter Of A Century Of Wealth
Founded in 1983, ipac celebrates a 25-year history together with a
ﬁve-year presence in Asia
ipac is an international ﬁnancial advice and
investment group that helps clients achieve their
ﬁnancial and chosen lifestyle goals. One of Asia
Paciﬁc’s leading ﬁnancial planning company, ipac
manages more than US$14.3 billion for individuals
and institutions worldwide. Its lifestyle ﬁnancial
planning process is practiced in Australia, Hong
Kong, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan.
ipac launched its business in both Hong Kong
and Singapore in 2003 as a comprehensive
ﬁnancial planning practice. ipac is licensed by
the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the
Securities and Futures Commission in Hong
Kong. 2008 marks its ﬁfth year in Asia and 25
years since its formation in Australia.
The stability that ipac offers comes also from
being part of the Global AXA Group, a worldwide
leader in ﬁnancial protection and wealth
management with assets under management of
around US$1.9 trillion. The AXA Group ranked
15th in the 2007 FORTUNE GLOBAL 500 Survey
of “The World’s Largest Corporations”.
ipac’s approach and philosophy to ﬁnancial
planning is different from most other independent
ﬁnancial advisory ﬁrms. Recognising that smart
money management is a means to achieving a
desired retirement lifestyle, the process begins
with and focuses on helping clients to set their
various long and short-term ﬁnancial lifestyle
goals. Then, ipac devises a personal, step-by-
step plan on how to get there, providing advice
along the way to ensure their clients make the
right choices and stay on track with the plan.
ipac believes in a holistic approach to ﬁnancial
planning. Other ﬁrms specialise speciﬁcally in
either tax, real estate and insurance for instance,
but the ipac philosophy is to examine the client’s
overall needs, including issues of tax, real estate,
debt management, among others, to help make
the right choices for all the important ﬁnancial
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decisions in life. The focus is on the individual
needs of the client, on his total ﬁnancial situation,
to help him achieve his retirement aspirations.
From the ﬁrst obligation-free meeting with
one of ipac’s advisers, the objective is to help
clients focus on making decisions toward
ﬁnancial choices in life that will make them feel
fundamentally happy and engaged. Part of the
goal setting process involves the education to
think of money as the enabler and not the be-
all-and-end-all of retirement. Then the client is
presented with a comprehensive plan, which will
include well-researched recommendations to
address investment, cash ﬂow, tax, estate planning
and risk management needs. ipac guides their
clients through the entire process, helping them to
stay on track with their ﬁnancial plan.
Another important part of the ipac process is in
keeping the ﬁnancial plan ‘alive’ by helping clients
navigate the ever-changing global environment.
ipac takes a proactive role in accommodating
any changes in the economy, markets, legislation
and clients’ personal circumstances (e.g.
marriage, new addition to the family, change in
retirement goals), to update the ﬁnancial plan to
make sure goals are achieved.
Effective and open communication is key and
clients can expect regular meetings to review
objectives and strategy. Clients will also receive
regular portfolio valuation statements, newsletters
and invitation to ipac events to keep up to date
with business, the economy and markets as well
as lifestyle events.
ipac will give you conﬁdence with its unique
approach to ﬁnancial planning to help you realise
your life’s dreams.
Tel: (65) 6512 7000
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The Canadian International School (Singapore) has long held a position
of pre-eminence in the education of children in the International Schools market of Singapore and
Asia. This standing has been earned through years of successful practice and a ﬁrm footing on the
latest research on effective teaching methodologies tailored for the global student.
The Canadian International School, Singapore provides the International Baccalaureate Primary
Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programmes of Education, from Early
Child Education to Grade 12. We are also accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education,
Canada. Our graduates receive the Ontario Secondary Diploma or the IB Diploma, both of which
are recognized around the world by major universities. We are also very pleased to be an associate
member in the Council of International Schools (CIS). This prestigious designation puts us in the
forefront of education leaders in the world.
Our student body that draws from nearly ﬁfty countries is well served by teachers of excellent quality
and by our comprehensive and challenging curriculum. Our focus at every grade is the needs of
each individual learner. Our students pursue excellence in the mastery of creative problem solving,
effective communication, leadership, international understanding, and responsible citizenship.
The Canadian International School currently has 4 campuses in Singapore.
Website www.cis.edu.sg Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanjong Katong Campus (East)
Early Childhood to Grade 8
371 Tanjong Katong Road
Tel (65) 6345 1573
Fax (65) 6345 4057
High School Campus
Grades 9 to 12
514 Kampong Bahru Road
Tel (65) 6323 0208
Fax (65) 6323 0209
Middle School Campus
Grades 4 to 8
71 Bukit Tinggi Road
Tel (65) 6875 1519
Fax (65) 6875 1516
Early Childhood to Grade 3
5 Toh Tuck Road
Tel (65) 6467 1732
Fax (65) 6467 1729
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From renowned universities to expatriate schools, Singapore students are
assured of a holistic approach to education which encapsulates creative
thinking to go beyond the classroom and text books to ensure that the future
of Singapore is in good hands.
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Perhaps nothing in this world is as important as
In Singapore, education is taken seriously
and it is seen as a thriving emerging market
segment that offers a great deal to both the
country’s economy and future.
Known for its top schools and excellent
scholarship in a wide range of subjects,
Singapore is a global school for local and
foreign students and a hub for educational
Singapore has a high quality education
system to nurture future leaders and
entrepreneurs. Foreign students from around
the world come to Singapore to study, making
Singapore a global schoolhouse.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) aims to
help young Singaporean students discover their
own talents. Singapore’s students have a global
reputation for achievement, which reﬂects well
on both the schools and teachers as well as on
the hard-working students themselves.
This national excellence has created a
culture for learning that has formed a strong
collection of private schools for nursery,
primary and secondary age students, as well
as universities that attract the cream of Asia’s
There are many international schools
that cater speciﬁcally to the large expatriate
communities, such as the American School,
Known for its top schools and excellent
scholarship in a wide range of subjects,
Singapore is a global school for local and
foreign students and a hub for educational
Canadian School and Global Indian School.
The National University of Singapore
(NUS) is the largest university and the most
respected. With more than 32,000 students,
NUS nurtures scholars from around the world.
As with healthcare, education is another
sector which has been identiﬁed by the
Singapore Government as hub material.
Singapore education is a multi-government
agency initiative launched by the Government
in 2003 to establish and promote Singapore
as a premier education hub and help
international students make an informed
decision on studying here.
For foreign students wishing to study in
Singapore, the application process for the
Student’s Pass is fast and efﬁcient. It’s no
wonder Singapore is the destination of choice
for so many foreign students.
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Founded in 1989, The Canadian International
School (CIS) has grown successfully into a
full-service premiere educational institution,
offering kindergarten through grade 12 classes
and enjoying a strong and vibrant reputation
as well as a very loyal following in the expat
community in Singapore. Its diverse student
body of approximately 2,000, represents over
50 countries – a world-class community that is,
in itself a testimony to its world-class status.
While the elementary, middle and high school
campuses are currently in three separate loca-
tions, all will be integrated into one campus in
Jurong West which will be a state-of-the-art
facility that caters to each student’s needs.
Aside from the sports complex that boasts three
gymnasiums and two swimming pools, there
will be an arts center, a 400-seat amphitheater,
two libraries and two cafeterias. There will also
be outdoor playing ﬁelds to be enjoyed by the
students, which are not always found in city
schools commonly limited by space constraints.
Responding to the demand for quality educa-
tion on the East Coast, CIS recently opened an
East Campus that goes from Early Childhood
(age 3) through Grade 8 (as of August 2008).
The East Campus, also known as CIS Tanjong
Katong campus (tel: 6345 1573) is CIS’ largest
campus to date. The campus is housed on a
heritage site that preserves the historic value of
the building while updating it into a facility that
holds fully air-conditioned classroom, an outdoor
playground, a large gymnasium, a bicycle
track, futsal and basketball courts, canteen
with kitchen facilities and a vast open ﬁeld.
CIS also operates out of three other loca-
tions. The Elementary Campus (tel: 6467
1732) is in Toh Tuck Road and offers classes
from Early Childhood to Grade 3. The Middle
School Campus (tel: 6875 1519) is in Bukit
Tinggi Road and runs classes from Grade 4
to 8. Older students go to the High School
Campus (tel: 6323 0208) in Kampong Bahru
Road. This campus handles Grades 9 to 12.
Following the International Baccalaureate
Program, CIS offers the primary and middle
year programs as well as the IB diploma. CIS is
also accredited to award the Ontario Second-
ary School Diploma to qualiﬁed students.
Recognising the importance of a well-rounded
education, CIS distinguishes itself by going
beyond the classroom in more ways than one.
Fostering a worldwide outlook in their students, the Canadian International School provides
a quality academic education from Early Childhood to Grade 12.
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CIS operates an Open Minds program that
seeks to make what the students learn in the
classroom relevant to their lives by taking trips
outside of the classroom for hands on train-
ing and experience, sometimes for several
days. And there is the Wednesday Afternoon
Experimental Learning Program where classes
are suspended in exchange for exploration of
new experiences like drama, music, technol-
ogy, kayaking, golf, and tennis. Finally, there
is the wealth of opportunity for students to
explore numerous extra-curricular activities,
from various clubs to sports to community
outreach programs. Ever mindful of the modern
student in this brave new world of technology,
the school has instituted the Laptop Learning
Programme to enhance this kind of literacy.
Above all, CIS is committed to preparing
its students to become complete and inde-
pendent individuals who are global citizens
of the world -- successful in their endeavors,
well-rounded in their outlook and responsible
for themselves and the world around them.
Tel: (65) 6467 1732
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A Truly International Education
A new international school is up and operational in Singapore and it is
a force to be reckoned with, offering its students a holistic, integrated
and all-rounded education in a multi-cultural, multi-racial environment
With a signiﬁcant proportion of Singapore’s
population comprised of foreigners, there
is a wide array of international schools
catering to the expatriate student. Demand
for international education at all levels
greatly exceeds supply and as the expatriate
population here continues to grow, so does
the demand for quality education.
EMAAR International School (EIS) has
responded to this need placing them at the
forefront as one of the leading expatriate
educational institutions in Singapore. EIS
(formerly known as E R International School)
is managed by Rafﬂes Campus, and is part of
the growing network of schools within EMAAR
Education of Dubai.
Nestled at the end of Holland Road,
on Ulu Pandan in a 44,085 square meter
campus, the school facilities include air-
conditioned classrooms, subject speciﬁc
laboratories as well as sports and recreational
facilities for up to 1,500 students, all in one
convenient and highly accessible central
location. The goal is to provide an integrated
campus for the all rounded development
of students from the nursery stage to the
tertiary levels, offering a “balanced focus on
academic courses, personality development,
sports and cultural activities,” according to
Mr Boon Yew Ng, Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of
Already, the school has grown into a
lively and progressive student community
of 55 distinct nationalities, and even the
administration, faculty and staff are likewise
international in their background. Its mandate
is to equip students with a holistic education
comprising relevant skills, knowledge and
conﬁdence for a brave new world.
Creativity, the arts and personality and
attitudinal development are given as much
focus as academics and the school is
committed to help create the kind of adults
that will make a signiﬁcant and positive
contribution in their work and in their lives.
The EMAAR International Pre-School
offers a child-centred programme that
focuses on academic, physical, social and
emotional development in an environment
equipped with all the necessary facilities to
support the full range of activities for children
of this age. The Junior School is an IB-PYP
candidate school*. They adopt an inquiry
based system of learning, where students are
encouraged to ask questions and facilitate
their own learning. To support this, the faculty
employs internationally-trained educators.
Finally, in the middle school and high school,
the students renew focus on academics
and prepare to take Cambridge IGCSE and
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A-Level examinations as well as take part in the full range of co-
curricular activities. EMAAR International School also offers the IB
Diploma. IB World Schools share that critical commitment to a high
quality and challenging international education and values which the
new institution already dearly values and upholds.
An excellent, well-rounded education as well as a truly
multicultural, international community where no single nationality
dominates and where the focus is on creating life-long learners.
This is what students at EMAAR International School will enjoy and
which will be their foundation for a bright future.
Tel: (65) 6536 6566
* Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization can
offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the
Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no
guarantee that authorization will be granted.
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In the words of its co-founder and ﬁrst president,
the late Dr. L.M. Singhvi, “The vision of the
Global Indian Foundation is such that its heart
is Indian, its mind global and its soul always
striving for excellence.” In the six years since
it set up the ﬁrst school in 2002 in Singapore,
with a mere 60 students, the success of the
Global Indian International School has been
nothing short of startling. The numbers speak
for themselves. In this short period, the school
has grown to provide an outstanding education
to over 4000 students in Singapore alone.
Its educational reach has extended all over
Southeast Asia, and into places far ﬂung from
its ﬁrst endeavour, such as Japan and New
Zealand. If that pace of growth is anything to
go by, the Global Indian International School is
equipped to be a global education provider.
The main aim of the Global Indian Foundation
has been to further the quality of education
and increase the level of knowledge. This
has been achieved by setting up schools in
places where the Indian diaspora is large or
The Global Indian International School’s rapid growth is testimony to the quality of the experience
Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders
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growing at a fast pace. Although education is
the main focus of the schools, they also play
a pivotal role in serving the community around
them. Many aspects of Indian culture, in the
form of music, theatre, dance, languages
and yoga are also imbibed in the students.
GIIS Queenstown campus focuses on
High School and Junior College education
and has excellent facilities for the Sciences,
Biotechnology and Computer Studies.
Opposite page, from top: Kindergarten children
learning through creative play, the GIIS choir at
Graduation ceremony for outgoing students.
This page, from top: GIIS students as Canada
delegates at SIMUN, S’pore Model United
Nations, Oranges for prosperity are offered to MP
Chan, Mr Bodhankar and Dr Aditya, the campus
welcomes students, Former President of India H.
E. Dr Abdul Kalam with GIIS student choir after a
touching recital of the Sarva Dharma prayer.
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The GIIS East Coast campus sports
facilities include an Olympic running track,
two cricket grounds, basketball, tennis,
badminton and volleyball courts.
GIIS Balestier campus was formally
inaugurated by H.E. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam,
eminent scientist and ex-President of India
in August 2008. This new campus provides
Pre-Primary and Primary education to the
Indian diaspora in North Singapore.
The growing number of international
students including Korean, American and
Australian students enrolled in the campuses
in Singapore is a testament to the popularity
of the Global Indian International School. GIIS
schools now educate over 17,000 students
from 30 nationalities in seven countries.
GIIS schools have seen tremendous growth,
and in 2008, the local community in Kuala
Lumpur were fortunate to have a second
campus in Malaysia. The Global Indian
International School in KL can be credited with
another milestone. The enrollment for the
students stands at 35% Malaysian citizens,
close to the maximum quota allowed for
international schools there.
The next international move was to Japan
where GIIS won the approval of conﬁdence from
the Japanese government as well as the
Japanese community to pave the way for the
establishment of schools in Tokyo, Kofu
The local communities in New Zealand and
Thailand caught notice of this educational
windfall and the GIIS educational model
was replicated in these countries in 2007.
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To leverage on the unique cultural milieu
of diaspora communities and local residents,
the Global International Foundation started
Global International Cultural Centres at all its
schools. The main goal of these centres is to
teach courses in foreign languages, ﬁne and
performing arts, yoga, speech, drama and
sports. These varied courses form an enriching
intellectual glue that binds the communities
together in addition to being a community
hub for parents and students. Parents often
enjoy meeting at these centres over a meal
while their children are engaged in learning.
Global Indian Foundation gives back
to the society, where it enjoys the fruits of
hospitality. In Singapore, the Foundation
works closely with the Singapore Indian
Development Association (SINDA), in addition
to cooperating with local community centres,
orphanages and old aged homes. It has
also instituted scholarships for meritorious
students from India and GIIS schools.
This sense of collective responsibility and
social awareness drove the foundation to
manage the Eklavya tribal school, now called
the ‘Mahatma Gandhi-Eklavya School’, located
in the tribal belt of Tilakwada, near Baroda,
Gujarat, India. The funding for the school
is provided by the Gujarat government but
the honour of managing such an innovative
project has been given to the foundation.
Tel: (65) 6508 3700
Opposite page, from top: East Coast students
planting trees with the National Parks Board
ofﬁcials at ECP. Mr Chan, MP Joo Chiat, talking
to students in the auditorium at the Chinese New
Year Celebrations. GIIS welcomes students of all
races and creeds.
This page, from top: Keeeping our culture and
traditions alive in school concerts. East Coast
campus. Queenstown Campus.
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From new shopping centres on Orchard Road to luxurious beach front
property, the Singapore property market has seen steady growth over the
years and home grown brands have expanded their developments globally.
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The property market is enjoying a
healthy boom period in Singapore.
Years of steady growth have
seen demand for luxury apartments
especially go through the roof.
There are now fabulous facades
springing up all over the island,
from beachfront villas on Sentosa
to must-have high-rises around the
magniﬁcent Marina Bay.
Most Singaporeans, as many as
80%, live in excellent public housing
called HDBs. These foster strong
communtity spirits and normally
the neighbourhoods also feature
schools, shops and other services so
that they are almost self-contained.
The standard of HDBs is very high,
making it amongst one of the best
public housing in the world.
A smaller portion of Singaporeans
live in private housing, while most
expatriates rent apartments in luxury
condominiums or huge landed
However, foreign ownership of
property is restricted and anyone
wanting to buy will be restricted.
But the seemingly insatiable
appetite for quality property shows
few signs of being satisﬁed.
Developers such as CapitaLand,
Frasers Centrepoint, Far East
Organization and City Development
Limited (CDL) are appropriately
household names in Singapore and
responsible for key landmark
developments in prime locations.
Many of these companies also
operate far beyond Singapore’s
Sentosa Cove heralds another ﬁrst
for Singapore - luxurious beachfront
property available to buy. Perhaps
the ultimate address in modern
Singapore, these marine mansions
will form a community based
around cafes, shops and bars
beﬁtting the stature of its residents.
Developers such as CapitaLand, Frasers
Centrepoint, Far East Organization and City
Development Limited (CDL) are appropriately,
household names in Singapore, and responsible
for key landmark developments in prime locations.
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From shopping malls to luxurious residen-
tial developments and serviced apartments,
Frasers Centrepoint Limited (FCL) is a leader in
its many ﬁelds, both in Singapore and over-
seas. Established in 1963, FCL is a classic
Singapore success story. From just a single
shopping centre on Orchard Road it now has
a diverse portfolio of malls, commercial and
residential property and serviced residences
both here, and in key cities around the world.
FCL is now one of the leading residential
property developers, retail mall, ofﬁce and high
tech business space owners and operators
in Singapore. Not content to rest on its lau-
rels, the company has 37 million sq ft of land
Frasers Centrepoint Limited is a top-selling residential developer and an award-winning hos-
pitality provider with a stable of successful retail and commercial assets.
Breathing Life Into Space
This page, from top: The deep beauty of the sea
highlights the serenity of The Azure’s spectacu-
lar views. Below: Fraser Suites Glasgow’s ser-
vice residences match impeccable apartments
with warm personal service. Opposite page,
top: Martin Place Residences is just minutes
away from Orchard Road in Singapore, yet in a
quiet green neighborhood. Below: Floating high
above the city, Martin Place Residences is the
pinnacle of ﬁne living.
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here and overseas awaiting development.
A fully-owned subsidiary of Fraser and
Neave Limited, FCL has its businesses dis-
tinctly branded as: Frasers Centrepoint Homes
(residential), Frasers Centrepoint Commercial
(commercial properties and fund management),
Frasers Hospitality (serviced apartments) and
Frasers Property (overseas developments).
Frasers Centrepoint Homes offers Singapore
residents the ﬁnest choice of innovative homes
ﬁnished to the highest speciﬁcations. Recent
high-proﬁle developments (including The Azure,
Soleil @ Sinaran, and St. Thomas Suites) have
seen the numbers of Frasers Centrepoint homes
swell to more than 10,000 units island-wide.
Martin Place Residences is one of the
company’s latest developments and has set
the standard for high-rise luxury living in the
city. Located in a quiet residential enclave just
minutes away from bustling Orchard Road,
the two 33-storey towers house 302 apart-
ments, each outﬁtted with the ﬁnest ﬁnish-
ings and offering stunning views of the city.
Frasers Centrepoint Commercial focuses on
commercial property investment and manage-
ment, as well as fund and asset management.
It has a portfolio comprising retail, ofﬁce and
industrial assets that spans six countries, includ-
ing Singapore. Frasers Centrepoint Commercial
manages its stable of seven local shopping
centres under the brand “Frasers Centrepoint
Malls”. Under its fund management arm, it also
manages two SGX-listed Reits - Frasers Cen-
trepoint Trust (FCT), a retail REIT with a
S$1 billion portfolio of three quality suburban
malls in Singapore and Frasers Commercial
Trust (FCOT), a commercial REIT with a
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S$2 billion portfolio comprising nine commercial
properties in Singapore, Australia and Japan.
FCT also has a strategic stake in Hektar Reit,
a retail reit listed on the Malaysian Bursa.
Frasers Hospitality is a premier global serviced
residence owner and management company
that has won numerous international awards.
Starting from relatively humble beginnings in
1998 with two properties in Singapore, Frasers
Hospitality has expanded tremendously in just
a few years to now feature 30 Gold-Standard
residences in 17 major gateway cities in Eu-
rope, the Middle East, North Asia, South Asia,
South-east Asia, and Australia. Dubai, Bahrain
and Osaka are just a few of the vibrant cit-
ies where new developments are launching.
Targeting to manage 8,500 rooms by 2010,
Frasers Hospitality is well poised to embrace
the world with over 81 properties in all ma-
jor gateway cities over the next ﬁve years.
Perhaps the most exciting member of the
FCL family is Frasers Property. This is the
international arm that develops world-class
residential projects, ofﬁces, industrial parks, retail
and serviced apartments world-wide. Frasers
Property is responsible for stunning architectural
landmarks around the world. For example, the
Foster + Partners-designed Lumiere Residences
located in Sydney’s city centre is Australia’s ﬁrst
‘vertical village’. Frasers Broadway, on the other
hand, consists of six hectares of land in the
city being developed with the goal of becom-
ing Australia’s ﬁrst six-star green community.
In London, the Gardens at Riverside Quarter
is garnering a lot of attention. Sited in Wand-
sworth, along the River Thames, Gardens will
consist of 401 apartments in six residential
buildings. Each apartment will include a Winter
Garden, balcony or south-facing sun terrace.
Frasers Property’s headturner in Bangkok
is The Pano, a 55-storey apartment building
next to the Chao Phraya River. The apart-
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ments in the Pano will enjoy panoramic
views of the river, the city and the spec-
tacular King Rama VIII suspension bridge.
On a completely different scale is the
SongJiang Four Seasons in Shanghai. This
development will sit on 710,000 sq m of
land and will comprise townhouses, semi-
detached villas, medium-height and high-rise
residential buildings as well as residents-
only clubs, commercial blocks and kinder-
gartens. To be launched over ﬁve phases,
the ﬁrst phase comprises townhouses and
semi-detached villas set amidst a green
space complete with winding streams.
With the clarity of its vision, impeccable
design sense, and innate understanding of the
needs of modern urban living, FCL is set to
continue playing a major role in Singapore and
the global property scene in the years to come.
Tel: (65) 6276 4882
Opposite page, top: Central Park in Perth gleams
in the midday sun. Below: Causeway Point in Sin-
gapore throbs with energy. This page, top: Enjoy
a nightcap by the pool while admiring the lights of
Bangkok at Fraser Suites Urbana Sathorn. Right:
Fraser Suites Sydney. Below: Gardens at River-
side Quarter along the River Thames in London.
City Dovolopmonts Limitod (CDL) nas boon
a proporty pionoor in Singaporo sinoo 1963,
growing pnonomonally ovor tno last 40 yoars
to booomo an intornational proporty and
notol oonglomorato witn a global prosonoo in
ovor 20 oountrios aoross Asia, Europo, Nortn
Amorioa and Now Zoaland/Australia.
CDL nas ostablisnod a íirm roputation in
oommoroial and rosidontial dovolopmont,
notol ownorsnip and managomont, as woll as
tno provision oí íaoilitios managomont and
CDL nas dovolopod ovor 200 rosidontial and
oommoroial projoots and tnrougn its London-
listod notol arm, Millonnium & Coptnorno
Hotols plo (M&C), managos ovor 110 notols
worldwido. Witn its woaltn oí oxporionoo and
storling traok rooord, CDL is undoubtodly tno
promior proporty dovolopor in Singaporo.
Croator oí ovor 22,000 distinguisnod nomos,
CDL is truly rodoíining tno landsoapo and
liíostylo oí tno íuturo.
CDL's latost luxury rosidontial dovolopmont
in Singaporo, Clivodon at Grango, is an
outstanding oxamplo oí modorn and innovativo
living. 110 units oí oxquisitoly luxurious
apartmonts aro nousod in íour 24-storoy towors
looatod witnin tno oxolusivo Grango Poad
Dosignod by tno world-ronownod aronitoot
Carlos Ott, tno samo man bonind tno
immonsoly suooossíul Ono Snonton and
Tno Solitairo, Clivodon at Grango oomprisos
ologant glass towors sot amidst rogally
Tno oxtonsivo landsoaping ro-oroatos a
boautiíul and oaptivating Gardon oí Edon
oxporionoo a privato sanotuary íor rosidonts
tnat still romains only minutos away írom
Witn only ono apartmont por íloor, rosidonts
will onjoy absoluto privaoy and virtually 360°
panoramas oí tno surroundings. Eaon oí tno
gonorously-sizod apartmonts boasts only oí
tno íinost dosignor íittings and íixturos and a
privato liít lobby.
ín lino witn CDL's Environmontal, Hoaltn and
Saíoty Polioy, Clivodon at Grango is not just
boautiíully dosignod. Tno dovolopmont also
omploys onvironmontally sustainablo building
praotioos and innovativo groon íoaturos.
Ponowablo onorgy toonnologios suon
as solar pnotovoltaio oolls aro usod to
narnoss solar onorgy to powor tno building's
guardnouso and olubnouso aroas.
Painwator is also rooyolod to irrigato plants
and wator ílusning systoms in tno olubnouso
rostrooms. ín addition, an innovativo wator
íilm oooling systom is usod at tno olubnouso
to roduoo load on air oonditioning, nonoo
oonsuming loss onorgy.
Tnoro is also a groon rooí at tno olubnouso,
dosignod to sorvo as an oduoational oontro
to promoto ooo-oonsoiousnoss amongst
ín tno apartmonts, tno bost possiblo onorgy
oííioiont air oonditionors and roírigorators
aro installod. Wiroloss lignting witn dimming
switonos also maximisos tno uso oí rosouroos
wnilo providing rosidonts witn an ologant nomo.
Tnoso oííorts by CDL navo not gono
unnotiood and tno Clivodon at Grango nas
boon ooníorrod tno Building and Construotion
Autnority's (BCA) Groon Mark Platinum award.
Tnis top award is only givon to groon projoots
tnat oan domonstrato 30% onorgy and wator
savings, togotnor witn otnor onvironmontally
íriondly praotioos and innovativo íoaturos in
CDL's oííorts and oonoorns toward tno
onvironmont mako tnom an innovativo and
uniquo proporty dovolopor. Tno stunning
dosign and groon praotioos at Clivodon at
Grango givo rosidonts a gonuino sonso oí
prido in tnoir nomo.
Tol: (65) 6877 1818
CDL Snaping Tno Singaporo Landsoapo
City Dovolopmonts Limitod (CDL) is an intornational
proporty and notol oonglomorato witn a global
prosonoo in moro tnan 20 oountrios
Clivodon at Grango, a mastorpiooo oroatod by tno intornational award-winning aronitoot, Carlos Ott
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Abovo: Apartmonts aro lavisnly íittod witn brandod nign quality íittings
Ono nomo por íloor witn virtually 360-dogroo viow
Pignt: Mastor batnrooms aro lavisnod witn
íittings írom Hansgrono Axor Starok X
oollootion, villoroy & Boon and a Sovoroign
Floronoo long-batn witn built-in-wnirlpool
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In Singapore, one property development
company has set the standards for luxury
apartment-living – Wheelock Properties.
Ardmore Park, a Wheelock Properties
development, is one of the most desired
addresses in Singapore. Set on eight acres
of prime real estate in the exclusive Ardmore
Park enclave, the 330 upscale apartments
enjoy privacy and seclusion, while being within
a short stroll from bustling Orchard Road.
Wheelock Properties also has two major
new developments that will reinforce the
company’s reputation as a builder of luxury
homes—Scotts Square and Ardmore II.
Situated on prime Scotts Road, between
the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Marriott Hotel,
the freehold Scotts Square development will
consist of 338 international-quality apartments
in two residential towers—the 35-storey
Orchard wing and the 43-storey Scotts wing.
Scotts Square’s location offers stunning
views of Scotts Road, Orchard Road and
the sea. Each apartment will be ﬁtted with
superb European appliances and ﬁttings
with perfect form and function. In addition,
for added privacy, all apartments will be
served by a private lift and lobby.
Wheelock Properties offers luxury homes in the heart of Singapore.
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Residents of Scotts Square will enjoy all the facilities of a modern, high-
end development, including an almost-40-metre swimming pool, residents’
lounge, business centre, concierge services and a gymnasium. There is
also a sky garden on the 35th ﬂoor featuring a 24-metre inﬁnity-edge pool
and heated Jacuzzi.
Scotts Square is expected to complete in 2011.
Ardmore II is another major development in the Ardmore Park neighbourhood
by Wheelock Properties. It comprises 118 freehold homes in two 36-storey
towers. Apart from its excellent location, trademarks of the 2,034-square-
feet apartments are their stunning architecture, well-planned interiors,
and top-of-the-line ﬁttings. Each apartment will be served by its very own
private lift to ensure privacy.
Ardmore II will feature amenities which include a 50-metre lap pool,
a 25-metre resort pool and a unique event lawn for residents to use for
Ardmore II is expected to be ready for occupation by 2010.
When completed, Scotts Square and Ardmore II will join Wheelock
Properties’ portfolio of stylish modern homes, which also includes the award-
winning Glencaird Residences, Grange Residences and The Cosmopolitan.
This impressive portfolio amply demonstrates Wheelock Properties as one
of Singapore’s leading luxury property developers.
Wheelock Properties, which is listed on the Singapore Exchange, was
originally known as Marco Polo Developments before it was renamed in
2004. Wheelock Properties is a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Wheelock
Tel: (65) 6733 1188
This page, from top: Scotts Square will redeﬁne city living in Singapore.
Below: A stunning view from every apartment at Scotts Square. Opposite
page, from top: Ardmore II combines exquisite ﬁttings with complete privacy.
Below: An exclusive quiet enclave just minutes from Orchard Road.
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Singapore lays down the red carpet for the afﬂuent and spoils them through
its golf courses, marina clubs and other exclusive privileges.
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Although only a small island,
Singapore has plenty to offer the
afﬂuent and pamper the privileged.
From championship golf courses
to world renowned spas, stunning
beachfront property to top marquee
sports cars, if you have money then
all you could wish for would be at your
disposal in Singapore.
Although the infrastructure for
luxurious living may have been put
in place for the millions of tourists
that visit each year, there has been a
noticeable shift towards catering to
Singapore’s own high society.
Singapore has enjoyed a period
of growth and prosperity that is the
envy of the world. As the standards
of living have increased, there has
been a demand for greater facilities
and developments to cater to those
residents for whom money is not a
This new afﬂuence is best
demonstrated by the construction of
luxury city centre apartment buildings
and, for the ﬁrst time, world-class
In many respects it’s the
entertainment and party island of
Sentosa that is fast becoming the
playground of the rich and famous
in Singapore. Sentosa Cove
offers the ultimate residential
development, the island boasts
numerous ﬁve-star properties and
amazing spas, championship
golf courses and the region’s latest
and greatest marina. And still to
come is the exciting Integrated
Resort - a sprawling casino, leisure
and conference centre.
Singapore is, of course, famed
for its shopping and there are few
international brands and designer
labels that you will not ﬁnd in the
magniﬁcent malls and burgeoning
boutiques scattered not just
along Orchard Road but across
the island. If you have money to
spend, you will not have trouble
From championship golf courses to world
renowned spas, stunning beachfront property
to top marque sportscars, if you have money
then all you could wish for is here at your
disposal in Singapore.
This page: Luxury Yachts are a regular sight
at One Degree 15.
Opposite page : Wine and Dine with
style at Chijmes.
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Tno world's most luxurious oars
oruiso along tno oity's stroots, wnilo
tno boautiíul pooplo aro adornod
witn tno latost dosigns, íino
Tnoro aro multiplo world-olass
rostaurants to soo and bo soon
in, and a growing numbor oí oool
loungo bars and nigntolubs íor
tnoso tnat want to party lato into
wnoro tnoy aro and also liko to
troat tnomsolvos to tno íruits oí
Moro tnan ovor, tnoy oan íind
ovorytning tnoy dosiro at nomo.
Tnoro aro multiplo world-olass rostaurants to
soo and bo soon in, and a growing numbor
oí oool loungo bars and nigntolubs íor tnoso
tnat want to party lato into tno nignt
íinding an outlot in Singaporo.
The new Caran d
Ache boutique at Raffles City Shopping Center
Singaporoans work nard to got
jowolory and oovotod watonos.
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There are numerous private clubs situated
around Singapore. However, there is only
one polo club. Founded in 1886 by the
ofﬁcers of the 1st Battalion, King’s Own
Regiment, the Singapore Polo Club is the
only place to indulge in the “Sport of Kings”.
Nestled amidst the lush, tropical green-
ery of Mount Pleasant Road, polo is played
weekly throughout the year (except the
months of January and February). Club chuk-
kas are played on Tuesday & Thursday from
5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday from 5pm.
There are monthly club tournaments and,
at present, two major international events.
Members can keep their pony in a club stable
or, alternatively, lease a pony from the club.
In addition to polo, the Club is also a centre
for other equestrian activities. The club has
a very active Riding Section, including basic
riding, dressage and show jumping at vari-
ous levels. Alternatively, riders can enjoy the
simple pleasure of exploring the jungle trails
adjacent to the club on horseback. There is
also a covered arena for indoor riding and
events. The arena boasts a mezzanine view-
ing gallery with premium views for spectators
of indoor equestrian events and the polo ﬁeld.
If you want to learn to ride, there is no
better place than the Singapore Polo Club.
If you are looking for a Polo or Equestrian lifestyle, then look no further than the Singapore Polo Club.
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It has fully-equipped facilities and a dedi-
cated staff of certiﬁed teaching profession-
als, both local and international. Group,
private and semi-private lessons are avail-
able, and school horses are matched to the
abilities of the riders. Once a student mas-
ters the basics of riding, he/she may opt to
learn the elegance of dressage; the thrill of
show-jumping; or the fast-pace of polo.
As a premier social institution, the
Singapore Polo Club also has all the facilities
expected of a private club: gymnasium, spa,
swimming pool, tennis courts, squash court,
bar and three well-regarded restaurants. The
Mountbatten Room serves exquisite French
cuisine and has a purpose-built wine cellar;
the Verandah serves local delicacies to diners
overlooking the polo ﬁeld; and the Mediter-
ranean Poolside Grill offers delicious Mediter-
ranean cuisine with a poolside ambience.
The spa, bar are all restaurants are open to
both members and non-members of the Club.
The Singapore Polo Club is a welcome
relief to the pace of life in this thriving
city. Once you are ensconced in its green
embrace, you will be hesitant to return
to the noisy shopping malls, busy busi-
ness districts,or bustling heartlands.
Tel: (65) 6854 3999
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Located in the picturesque surroundings of
Singapore’s Seletar Reservoir, Orchid Country
Club is a haven of leisure and recreation. Spread
over 100 hectares of parkland, the club was the
brainchild of Ong Teng Cheong, former Presi-
dent of the Republic of Singapore. Conceived to
provide affordable luxury country club facili-
ties for members, Orchid Country Club’s wide
range of amenities make it an ideal destina-
tion for both business travellers and families.
Many activities are centred on the So-
cial Clubhouse. Children will be thrilled with
O’kidspot – an indoor air-conditioned two-
storey play system complete with slides,
tunnels, a bumper maze, ball pit and sus-
pended net bridge, while adults can opt for
an abundance of recreational pursuits includ-
ing ballroom dancing, karaoke, snooker,
jackpot/cards room and many more.
This is in addition to sporting facilities such
as the Olympic-sized swimming pool, ten-
nis and squash courts, a 5,000 square feet
gym and a 36-lane bowling alley, the largest
country club bowling centre in the country.
One of the main attractions of the club is
its 27-hole international championship golf
course, made up of three 9-hole courses
designed by renowned New Zealand course
architect Chris Pitman. Named after orchids,
the Aranda, Vanda and Dendro played host
to the 1999 Singapore Open. The Vanda
and Dendro courses have been refurbished
recently, while the Aranda course is ex-
pected to be opened by the end of 2008.
Breezy wind conditions coming off the
reservoir and the many water hazards around
the course will make it a challenge for amateurs
and professionals. To escape the heat, night
golf is possible. At the same time, practicing
couldn’t be easier with Singapore’s ﬁrst ever
fully computerized driving range with 160 bays.
Back at the Golf Clubhouse, enjoy alfresco
dining at the Vanda Terrace, which offers a
wide selection of local and Western cuisine.
You can also chill out at the Orchid Tavern
which offers delectable Western fare, beers
from around the world and nightly screening
of sports channels, or relax at the Par Lounge,
a soothing colonial-styled tropical enclave.
For more formal dining, head over to the
Social Clubhouse where the Yishun Lake
Garden serves up a scrumptious array of
Cantonese dishes, while giving diners a
panoramic view of the golf course. For halal
cuisine, enjoy the buffet at Rajah Mas Café,
located right next to the swimming pool.
Renowned New Zealand course architect Chris Pitman designed Orchid Country Club’s three 9-hole
courses that were used for the 1999 Singapore Open.
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A highlight at the Orchid Country Club is
the Orchid Lodge, a 69-room tropical resort
with full hotel facilities. Designed to a tropi-
cal resort theme, the mixed cane furniture,
soothing earth tones and wood cravings
ensure a warm, resort-like atmosphere.
Each room comes with a panoramic view
of the golf course and Seletar Reservoir.
The Orchid Country Club is also ideal for
corporate meetings, special events and wed-
dings. There are a total of nine function rooms,
all equipped with modern audio and visual
technology. From casual outdoor tea receptions
to grand multi-course Chinese wedding dinners,
the club can arrange for all your catering needs.
The Grand Ballroom is their pride and joy.
With a capacity for 1,800 guests and deco-
rated with marble Åoors and three magniﬁcent
chandeliers, the grandeur of the hall prom-
ises to make any event a memorable one.
You can also engage in outdoor team-
building activities at the Club. With Tag Paint-
ball available, companies can help their staff
relieve stress as well as promote teamwork
in a fun and interactive way. Alternatively,
companies can sign up for corporate team-
building packages – a joint collaboration with
Focus Adventure – which include a facilita-
tor and the use of low outdoor elements.
Whether for business or pleasure, the
Orchid Country Club is one of the most
complete venues in Singapore, offering to-
tal integrated functions for all guests.
Tel: (65) 6755 9811
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40/36 Kata Rd., Kata Beach Phuket, Thailand Tel : (6676) 284-760 Fax : (6676) 284-765
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A stone’s throw away from Singapore lie destinations that suit everyone from
the adventure traveler to the honeymoon couple, be it an island retreat to Bali
or a shopping getaway to Bangkok.
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As wondoríul as Singaporo's
navo alroady montionod olsownoro,
altnougn it novor íools ovorpoworing,
tno island's looation and oxoollont
transport links moan it is idoally
plaood íor wookond broaks.
Popular onoioos inoludo a snort
drivo ovor tno oausoway to Malaysia,
or a bargain snopping trip to
Bangkok. Botn aro oxoollont onoioos
but tnon you roally aro spoilt íor
onoioo witn a divorso rango oí snort
Boaon lovors oan oaton a íorry to
tno índonosian island oí Bintan or a
budgot ílignt to Pnukot in soutnorn
Tnailand. Bali is also witnin oasy
roaon íor tnoso sooking a moro
Tno íabulous tomplos oí Siom Poap
in Cambodia aro not to bo missod
and oan bo visitod ovor a wookond.
Altnougn a popular stop on tno
baokpaokor trail, tno town and tno
tomplos rotain an air oí dignity.
Tno oitios oí Hanoi and Ho Cni Minn
in viotnam oííor an insignt into tnis
íasoinating oountry and its íriondly
pooplo. But bo warnod: orossing tno
stroot and dodging tno motorbikos is
a skill not íor tno íaintnoartod.
For an unusual and
otnor dostinations tnat will provo
attraotivo to tno advonturous.
Mainland Cnina and Hong Kong
aro just a íow nours away and an
ossontial stop. As woll as tno moro
woll-known attraotions oí Hong
Kong, tnoro is also tno Disnoyland
Posort and a numbor oí world-
olass golí ooursos.
Tigor Airways and JotStar aro
budgot airlinos tnat navo roally
mado many oí tnoso dostinations a
routos aro boing addod all tno timo
and tno award-winning Cnangi
Airport plays nost to dozons oí
otnor major intornational oarriors.
índood, it's tno oííioionoy oí
Cnangi Airport (rogularly votod tno
bost airport in tno world) tnat oan
mako all tno diííoronoo to a groat
Tno íabulous tomplos oí Siom Poap in
Cambodia aro not to bo missod. Altnougn a
popular stop on tno baokpaokor trail, tno town
íinanoially viablo wookond trip. Now
undiscovered slice of South
East Asia, Laos and brunei are
attraotions aro, somotimos you just
íool liko you nood to got away. As wo
Singaporo is a small island and
and tno tomplos rotain an air oí dignity.
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Located amidst a lush rainforest with a pic-
turesque seafront location, an intimate sanctu-
ary is yours to behold at Banyan Tree Bintan.
Bintan island’s most exclusive resort getaway,
this rustic Asian environment is located just an
hour by high-speed catamaran from Singapore,
offering guests space and time to contem-
plate the natural beauty surrounding them.
The award-winning Banyan Tree Bintan
enjoys breathtaking views of the South China
Sea and comprises 62 Balinese-inspired vil-
las. Each villa is raised on stilts, perched on
hillsides with stunning views of the bay below,
providing for an exciting tree-top experience.
Activities available include marine snorkel-
ling and tree-trek walks with rangers from
the Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab.
Renowned for its signature Banyan Tree Spa
and its Greg Norman-designed 18-hole cham-
pionship golf course, this romantic sanctuary
comes into its own once dinner is served.
Dining takes on an additional dimension
when complemented by the beach. Situ-
ated by the sea, Saffron, the ﬁne-dining fusion
and Thai restaurant, seats 59 guests and
is modelled after its namesake in Banyan
Banyan Tree Bintan is a magical island paradise that refreshes the soul.
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Tree Phuket. Although the interior is more
Indonesian and eclectic in appearance, the
standard of its cuisine remains top-notch.
Unique dining experiences are a major
attraction at the resort, proving a hit with
tourists and frequent visitors from nearby
Singapore looking for a romantic getaway
coupled with the ultimate in gastronomy.
Dinner On The Rocks is a perennial favourite
that still maintains that wow factor, with an el-
evated position on the dramatic coastline. Dishes
are chosen to match the surroundings and excite
the tastebuds, with the fusion of ﬂavours from
East and West combined in unexpected ways.
Perhaps the world’s most relaxing meal
can be savoured with Massage of the
Senses, as it combines a pampering body
massage by the beach followed by a sensu-
ous four-course dinner under the stars.
Dinner Of The Legend is an Indonesian meal
inspired by the ‘rice table’ concept of appetiser-
sized dishes - a truly memorable banquet on the
beach. First, diners are told the story of the Violet
Rainbow Goddess, a traditional tale infused
with food. Trays are then delivered laden with
authentic delicacies and delectable desserts.
Dinner at 8 is a stunning choice for romantics
and golf fans, with a private waiter and chef
catering to your every whim with a ﬁve-course
degustation menu served right on the signature
eighth hole overlooking the South China Sea.
A dramatic dining experience awaits on
the surface of the Rock Edge Pool. Reﬂec-
tion offers couples an intimate dinner with
an Asian-accented ﬁve-course menu.
Finally, authentic seafood and a stunning
setting combine at the Fisherman’s Table,
including wok-fried chilli crab from Bintan’s
own mangroves. Seating up to six people, this
is an excellent selection for groups and fami-
lies looking for something genuinely unique.
With so many dining options, indulgent
spa experiences and luxurious accommoda-
tion, it’s no wonder Banyan Tree Bintan is the
resort of choice for discerning travellers.
Tel: (65) 6849 5800
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Suporb villas Aro Tno Ultimato Boaon Potroat
Malisa villas is ono oí tno bost rosorts in Tnailand, oííoring sooludod luxury
rignt in tno noart oí Pnukot's ronownod Kata Boaon
Looatod along tno íamous Kata Boaon in
napponing Pnukot, Malisa villa Suitos is ono
oí Tnailand's niddon troasuros.
Sot baok írom tno sparkling soa in a
sooludod oasis, you'll íind it nard to íind a
moro privato and luxurious rosort íor tno
poríoot romantio gotaway.
Tnoro aro 41 magniíioontly appointod villas
wnion oííor oomploto sanotuary írom tno
outsido world. índood, tnoro is no roason to
loavo tno oomíort oí your villa onoo you navo
sottlod in as ovorytning you oould wisn íor is
As tnoso pnotos snow, Malisa villa Suitos
oííor tno bost in oontomporary dosign witn
traditional ílourisnos, witn no oxponso or
Eaon villa nas an improssivo outdoor aroa
oomploto witn sootning plungo pool, dooking
íor lounging around and a dining tablo and
íull working kitonon íor tnoso wno proíor to
oator íor tnomsolvos. Tno kitonon and dining
aroa also oomos into its own ií ordoring villa
sorvioo írom tno oxoollont notol rostaurant,
sorving traditional Tnai íavouritos witn somo
Wostorn olassios. Tno oxoollont broakíast is
proparod írosn in your own kitonon.
ínsido, tno rooms aro somo oí tno largost
you will íind and tno íurnisnings and attontion
to dotail aro sooond to nono. You oan lazo
around in your ovorsizod bod wnilo watoning
DvDs on your ílatsoroon Tv írom tno
improssivo solootion at tno onsito library, or
onooso a book to rolax witn by your own pool.
Ladios in partioular will adoro tno amazing,
spaoious batnrooms, witn batntub and powor
snowor, not to montion two sinks íor tnat
nis and nors touon. Evon moro indulgont is
anotnor outdoor rainíorost-stylo snowor wnoro
you roally do íool liko you aro oasting tno
modorn world asido.
As tompting as it is to stay in your navon,
ií you do wisn to vonturo outsido oí tno notol
oomplox tnon you will íind snops, bars and
rostaurants witnin a minuto walk tnat oator to
all tastos and moods. An oarly morning stroll
along tno gontly ourving boaon is a must,
and tno island nas many attraotions íor botn
oultural and sooial visitors.
Malisa villa Suitos is an aííordablo
indulgonoo and a truly noavonly troat íor
ín íaot, notning says 'í lovo you' liko Malisa.
Tol: (6676) 284 760-64
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Palatial Luxury ín Fasoinating Brunoi
Tno Empiro Hotol & Country Club is a magniíioont jowol
looatod on tno snoros oí tnis small yot divorso sultanato
For an amazing notol oxporionoo wnoro
ovorytning you oould wisn íor is on-sito, look
no íurtnor tnan tno supromo luxury oí Tno
Empiro Hotol & Copuntry Club, Brunoi.
Tno Empiro is situatod bosido tno world's
oldost rainíorosts in Bornoo and it is truly ono
oí tno íinost boaon, golí and spa rosorts in tno
Asia Paoiíio Pogion.
Catoring to many royal and stato visitors
to Brunoi, tno notol providos ovon tno most
disoorning travollor a truly uniquo oxporionoo
in a 180 nootaro tropioal gardon ostato.
Foaturing 420 spaoious guostrooms, all
witn baloonios and suporb viows, tno notol
providos ovory visitor witn tnoir own ompiro
inoluding largo, marblo batnrooms and
Tnoro aro a varioty oí rostaurant íaoilitios,
snopping in tno Empiro Aroado and aítornoon
Toa in tno Lobby Loungo is a daily íoaturo.
Tno oxolusivo E-Club witn íull oonoiorgo
íaoilitios is availablo íor tno oxooutivo travollor
and tno notol nas sovoral woll oquippod
íunotion rooms íor mooting ovonts and
Tno proporty nas its own oinoma íoaturing
tno latost movio roloasos plus a stato oí
tno art tnoatro íor livo poríormanoos and
prosontations. Pooroational íaoilitios inoludo
a lagoon boaon and pools, a kids olub oallod
E Kids Club, tonnis oourts, a íully oquippod
íitnoss oontro, tno Empiro Spa, an 18-nolo
Jaok Nioklaus Signaturo Golí Courso and a
woll ostablisnod world olass Country Club.
Tno Empiro Hotol & Country Club is a
mombor oí WOPLDHOTELS and nas won
numorous prostigious nonours inoluding:
Bost Now Posort by Travol Trado Gazotto
Asia 2001; Bost índopondont Hotol by Travol
Trado Gazotto Asia 2002; Bost Posort Hotol
by Travol Trado Gazotto Asia 2004, 2005;
Asia's Loading Golí Posort by World Travol
Awards 2004, 2005; Asia's Loading Posort
by World Travol Awards 2003, 2004; World's
Loading Prosidontial Suito by World Travol
Awards 2003, 2004, 2005; 2nd Bost Golí
Posort in Asia by Asian Golí Montnly Awards
Tol: +673 241 8888
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Whether it is the upcoming Integrated Resorts or the recently completed
Terminal 3 at Changi Airport, Singapore’s landscape is constantly undergoing
changes with new developments taking place all around the island.
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Two tnings aro tno talk oí tno town wnon it
oomos to dovolopmonts in Singaporo. Ono
oí tnom is an íntogratod Posort, or íP as tnoy
aro known looally. Tnis will oonsist oí nign-
proíilo arts oontros, rotail and F&B, oxnibitions
íaoiltios, a luxurious notol and, yos, a oasino.
Tno otnor is anotnor íntogratod Posort.
Tno two íPs will bo situatod on Marina Bay
and Sontosa, and aro duo to opon in 2010.
Wnilo tnoro navo rigntly boon oonoorns ovor
tno oííoot tnat tnoso dovolopmonts mignt
navo, rulos and rogulations navo boon put
in plaoo to onsuro tnat tno sooial impaot on
Singaporo will bo vory positivo oroating
tnousands oí jobs and attraoting millions
Wnon tno announoomont was mado in May
2006 as to wno was awardod tno projoots,
tno Las vogas Sands Corporation and
Gonting Group oamo out on top.
¹Las vogas Sands Corporation is oxoitod
and roady to join Singaporo on a nistorio
journoy,¹ said Snoldon G. Adolson, Cnairman
and CEO, Las vogas Sands Corp.
¹As a oatalyst íor tno ooonomio íuturo
oí Singaporo and a launon pad íor its
tourism industry, Marina Bay Sands will nolp
Singaporo solidiíy its standing among tno
world's groatost dostinations."
Looatod along tno Marina Bay watoríront,
Marina Bay Sands will íoaturo tnroo
oasoading notol towors toppod by an
oxtraordinary sky park, a lotus-inspirod
ArtSoionoo Musoum, rotail storos, trondy
rostaurants, tnoatros, nigntolubs and a
Las vogas-stylo oasino. Businoss visitors
will also onjoy tno oxtonsivo Mootings,
ínoontivos, Convontions and Exnibitions
(MíCE) íaoilitios and a oonvontion oontro
tnat oan nost ovor 45,000 dologatos.
Posorts World at Sontosa (PWS)
is anotnor staggoring dovolopmont,
íoaturing no loss tnan six notols, 40
businoss and mootings vonuos, and a
oasino. On top oí tnat, tnoro's a Univorsal
Studios Tnomo Park, Tno Marino Liío
Park, tno Maritimo Exporiontial Musoum
and tno Equarius Wator Park. Again, all to
opon in 2010.
Tnoro aro many moro oxoiting
rosidontial, rotail and oommoroial
dovolopmonts ooming up íast in
Singaporo, tnanks to its vibrant ooonomy,
but nono oan maton tno oxoitomont, soalo
and impaot oí tno two íPs.
Oponing sproad: Tno rapidly-
onanging íaoo oí Singaporo's skylino.
Tnis pago: An ovorviow oí tno
dovolopmonts on Sontosa.
Top rignt: How tno Tno Marina Bay
Sands íntogratod Posort snould look.
Pignt: FostivoWalk aims to oapturo
tno buzz oí Las vogas' stroots.
Tnoro aro many oxoiting dovolopmonts ooming
up íast in Singaporo, tnanks to its vibrant
ooonomy, but nono oan maton tno oxoitomont,
soalo and impaot oí tno two íPs.
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Singaporo is an island oountry is Soutn East Asia, looatod 137
kilomotros nortn oí tno oquator, oíí tno soutnorn tip oí tno Malay
Poninsula. Tno island oovors an aroa oí 707 squaro kilomotros
and nas a population oí around 4.6 million. Tnis aroa nas boon
inoroasod írom 582 sq km tnrougn land roolamation. Singaporo
is mado up oí 63 islands inoluding mainland Singaporo.
Singaporo nas a tropioal rainíorost olimato witn no distinot
soasonal onangos. Tomporaturos rango írom 23 to 34 dogroos
Colsius, and rolativo numidity botwoon 60 and 90 por oont.
Singaporo was an important trading oontro oallod Tomasok as
íar baok as tno 14tn oontury, but oamo into roal prominonoo
wnon Sir Stamíord Paíílos arrivod in 1819. Spotting its potontial,
Paíílos dovolopod tno íisning port on bonalí oí tno Britisn East
Singaporo booamo a Britisn oolony in 1824. Singaporo booamo
a solí govorning stato in 1959, witn Loo Kuan Yow its íirst Primo
Ministor. índopondonoo was doolarod in August 1963.
Singaporo is a parliamontary domooraoy, witn a Cabinot
noadod by a PM. Tnoro aro 94 Mombors oí Parliamont. Tno
ruling party is oallod tno Pooplo's Aotion Party.
Singaporo's logal systom inoludos many olomonts oí Englisn
Singaporo nas a markot-basod ooonomy and is oonsidorod ono
oí tno most businoss-íriondly oountrios. Singaporo is oorruption
íroo, transparont, stablo and nas ono oí tno nignost por oapita
GDPs in tno world.
Tno 4.59 million population (aooording to 2007 govornmont
statistios) is mado up oí 3.58 million Singaporo oitizons and
Tnoro aro íour oííioial languagos - Englisn, Malay, Mandarin
Singaporo's main roligions aro Buddnism, Cnristianity, íslam,
Taoism and Hinduism.
íNTEPNATíONAL DíAL CODE
Tno ourronoy is tno Singaporo dollar. SG$ 1 = US$ 1.46 (as oí
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Opposito pago: Skylino by Ton Say Jon. Tnis pago, olookwiso írom top: Sultan
Masjid Mosquo by Aloo Eo, Tnroo Girls by Maro Avilos, Boat Quay by Kay
Tiong Song, Morlion by Tnomas Wottorwald. All imagos oourtosy Uniquo2Mo.
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